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Beatriz Martin-Ruiz, Harpist

Foto Saez, Bilbao (Spain)

If you are looking for a harp teacher in White Plains, New York or  a harpist to perform for a special event in the tri-state area, you have come to the right place! I am available for individual or group lessons, as well as for all kinds of performances, from solo recitals to weddings, and cocktail parties, corporate events or religious ceremonies.  All the music you hear in this website was performed by me and recorded in the summer of 2008.

Please do not hesitate to give me a call to learn how I can make your celebration truly unique and enjoyable. In this website you will find information regarding my teaching experience, my availability for performances, and some of my favorite links to the harp world. 

Also, check back periodically for news updates: public performances, open rehearsals, or student recitals.

About Me... 

A native of Bilbao, Spain, I started taking harp lessons at the age of 12, in The Conservatory of Music of Bilbao. I finished my Professional degree at age 17, and moved to Madrid to attend the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. At this institution I studied with the world-renowned performer, teacher, and musicologist, Maria Rosa Calvo-Manzano. I hold an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory in Harp Performance and Harp Pedagogy. In 1994, I was offered an international award that enabled me to attend the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There I studied with my mentor, Alice Keene, and earned a second Bachelors of Music, in Harp Performance, in 1996. 

My professional experience includes more than 20 years of harp instruction, including a two-year tenure at my alma mater, the University of Illinois. At Illinois, I consistently appeared in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. As a performer, I have won prizes in several international competitions, and have performed extensively in Europe, and the United States. I appear frequently in panels and conferences, and present lectures at national and international harp events. I maintain a private harp studio in White Plains, New York, and I also teach at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where I also work full-time as Coordinator of the Conservatory of Music. 

I have been performing in a variety of settings for over 20 years. I have appeared in concert as a soloist and as a member of a number of large and small ensembles, from orchestras, choirs, and opera companies all over Europe, to the Manheim Steamrollers, and pretty much everything in between. I appreciate every opportunity I have to perform, because I believe that music is a gift that is meant to be shared, and because it brings my clients as much happiness as it does me.

I can be reached at (914) 874.7501, or via email at harpbmr@yahoo.com


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