Kirsten is Associate Professor of Harp at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She also maintains a private teaching studio in both New York City and Nashville.
KIRSTEN AGRESTA COPELY has charmed audiences internationally since she began study of the harp at the age of five. She has performed extensively as a solo artist throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Israel, Japan, and the South Pacific. Known for her passionate performances and versatility, Kirsten commands a wide range of genres from classical to hip hop. She has been awarded top national and international prizes and honors, including the Bronze Medal in the prestigious 1989 USA International Harp Competition. Kirsten debuted as concerto soloist at Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall) and Carnegie Hall, where she has also performed numerous solo recitals. She has soloed internationally in esteemed venues including: National Concert Hall in Dublin, Auditorio Santa Úrsula in Lima, Peru, and MuziekGebouwaan’tij Concert Hall in Amsterdam.
Kirsten is active in the continuing promotion of the harp worldwide and is a member of the World Harp Congress Board of Directors, former Vice President of the American Harp Society Nashville Chapter, a Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy (NARAS), and a member of ASCAP. Her students have been awarded highest distinctions in national competitions (American Harp Society), grants, and the National Youth Orchestra.