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Bio: Massachusetts native Krysten Keches has been called an “excellent young soloist” by the Boston Globe. She began harp lessons at age four with Elizabeth Morse and has since appeared as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician at venues throughout the United States and overseas, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro alla Scala, the Gewandhaus, and Boston’s Symphony Hall.
An avid orchestral musician, Ms. Keches performs regularly as a substitute with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. She has toured with the BSO domestically and in Europe, and she played on the orchestra’s Grammy-award-winning live album Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow. She has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Miami's New World Symphony. She has played under conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänskä, and Hugh Wolff. Ms. Keches's recent solo performances include Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Berkshire Symphony. She has also appeared as a soloist with the New England String Ensemble, Mistral Chamber Players, the Australian National University School of Music Orchestra, and the Wellesley Symphony. Additionally, Ms. Keches has been a prizewinner in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New England Philharmonic, and New England Conservatory concerto competitions, and she was invited to play alongside Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 2010, Ms. Keches won a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to study with renowned harpist Alice Giles at the Australian National University School of Music, where she earned a Graduate Diploma with high distinction. While in Australia, she performed as a soloist at Canberra’s Llewellyn Hall and was also broadcast in recital on ArtSound FM. In recent summers Ms. Keches has attended the Castleton, Aspen, and Bowdoin music festivals, studying with harpists Nancy Allen, Deborah Hoffman, and June Han.
Ms. Keches is a coach (orchestral repertoire and chamber music) for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and regularly serves as the resident harp instructor at the organization's two-week summer camp in Sidney, Maine. In 2016 Krysten was invited to give a masterclass as a guest artist at Williams College. Her students have attended top colleges and been named prizewinners in multiple competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society's National Competition (Junior Division, 2019) and second prize in the Young Artist's Harp Competition (Preparatory Division, 2018).
Ms. Keches graduated cum laude with a B.A. in art history from Harvard University, where she continued her training with Elizabeth Morse. A recipient of the Scovell Family Scholarship, Ms. Keches recently completed her M.M. at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra harpist Jessica Zhou.
Transportation to Instructor: 7-minute walk from Green Line Hynes stop; 4-minute walk from #1 bus (Mass Ave at Marlborough Street stop).