Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton
TSO Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton joined the TSO in 2011. Recently hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a performer who plays “with a flair that we are coming to know well”, she has been described as one of the most outstanding solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians of her generation. She has been presented in solo recitals everywhere, from New York to Los Angeles, Vancouver to Vienna. As an orchestral player, Heidi has performed with the Pittsburgh, Boston, and Hartford symphony orchestras, and has been a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony since 2001. She has also been an active participant in the Strings Chamber Music Festival, as well as the music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, and Interlochen.
Heidi Van Hoesen Gorten earned two degrees in harp performance from the The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen, and has studied with Gretchen Van Hoesen and Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche. Actively competing in domestic and international competitions, she has won many awards, including first place in the Young Professional Division of the American Harp Society (AHS) National Competition (2009), a Victor Salvi Award (2008), and an Anne Adams Award (2010). Also active as a teacher, she has presented masterclasses in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Toronto, Charlotte, Denver, San Francisco, Syracuse, and Milwaukee.
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