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Judy Loman has seen it all in her 75 years of harp playing. Find out what she learned from Salzedo, her advice for young harpists, and her simple key to work-life balance.

Judy Loman (seated at harp) with some of her former students at her 80th birthday celebration in 2016.

 

It’s difficult not to use superlatives when writing about Judy Loman. She is a walking superlative. She is universally respected as one of the harp’s foremost artists of the last 50 years. Her teaching has been transformational to the scores of students she has taught in her career. She is one of the most prolific recording artists our instrument has ever seen. She is an exquisite soloist. At the same time, Judy Loman is one of the most humble, down-to-earth people you will ever meet.

When we interviewed Loman for the cover of our November/December 1996 issue, she was still principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a sought-after teacher, and a recording artist for several different labels. Over the last 20-plus years, Loman’s stature in the harp world has only grown. Still an active performer, teacher, and recording artist at the age of 83, Loman found time in her busy schedule to sit down with us and share her thoughts about the harp nearly a quarter century after our first interview with her.

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