Dotian Levalier, Principal Harpist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1969, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute where she studied with Carlos Salzedo and Marilyn Costello.
She has made numerous recital, television, and radio appearances as well as guest artist performances with other orchestras. She performs with flautist Sara Stern as “Stern and Levalier” which, along with violinist Elisabeth Adkins, has also given concerts in France. She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, and Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. She has performed Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with James Galway among many others. In June 2007 she gave the première of Four Angels, a harp concerto by Mark Adamo which was commissioned for her by Leonard Slatkin, who conducted the first performance. She has performed concertos with conductors André Kostelanetz, Antal Doráti, Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonard Slatkin, and recorded on the Erato, Sony, Pro-Arte and MSR labels.
Her harp was made by Howard Bryan in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2004.