Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, enjoys a thriving career as a performer, composer, and teacher. Highlights of the 2016–2017 season included the première of a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York, and a residency at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer) and a “steady and most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade), past performances include such diverse settings as the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada; the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.; and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club in Washington D.C. Whether performing standard repertoire, lesser-known works, or her own compositions and transcriptions, Jacqueline is always exploring the versatility of the harp.
In addition to solo performances, Jacqueline regularly performs as part of Trio Sirènes, along with flutist Marcia Kämper and violist Karin Brown. Trio Sirènes has been featured on recital series throughout the East Coast: the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, the Strathmore Mansion Concert Series, and the St. David’s Music Series, among others. Trio Sirènes looks forward to the release of their début recording on the ANALOG Arts label.
Jacqueline has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Post Classical Ensemble, (Washington D.C.), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London, UK), the Scottish Voices (Glasgow, Scotland), Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.), the Choir of Clare College (Cambridge, UK), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble (Washington D.C.), and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
An active composer and arranger, Jacqueline recently completed an artist residency through the Baltimore County Public Library for the pursuit new compositions. Her works are increasingly available through a variety of sources, including Vanderbilt Music’s recent publication Jacqueline’s transcription of five songs by Gabriel Fauré for voice and harp. Jacqueline’s first major pedagogical publication, Pedal Exercises for Harp, was published in 2016 through Oakway Studios. Additionally, she has several arrangements of folk songs for students available through Harp Column Music, an online platform.
Jacqueline has been recognised with numerous awards and grants including two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency. Recording credits include Bouquet, a solo album featuring standard and contemporary works; Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; delight/delirium featuring works by composer Fernando Benadon; and Voyage, a recording of avant-garde harp and saxophone duos with saxophonist Noah Getz.
A dedicated teacher, Jacqueline is on the faculties of American University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and maintains a private studio of harp students. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp and serves as president of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Harp Society. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.