New Mexico Philharmonic names Matthew Tutsky principal harpist


Matthew Tutsky was selected as principal harpist with the New Mexico Philharmonic following an audition held on June 6. “I’m thrilled to join New Mexico Philharmonic as their principal harpist,” Tutsky says. “The orchestra is playing some great repertoire this season, including one of my favorites: both orchestral Suites of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe.” The audition consisted of three rounds, all taking place behind a screen. Based in Albuquerque, N.M., the orchestra plays under the leadership of Music Director Roberto Minczuk. It has not held a harp audition since the 1970s.

In addition to New Mexico, Tutsky is principal harpist with the Oregon Ballet, Portland Opera, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, all positions he won in 2018. He has been principal harpist with the Boise Philharmonic since 2009. “I am really drawn to the enchanting landscape and lifestyle of New Mexico,” he says. “I think it will be a great contrast working amidst the mossy rainforests of Oregon and the serene desert of New Mexico.” Originally from Connecticut, he adds that he’s fallen in love with the western United States. “I remember my Juilliard Pre–College teacher, Emily Oppenheimer, always sent me postcards when she went skiing in Taos. She always made New Mexico seem magical. It really is!”

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