Michelle Gott

Michelle GottPraised by the Ottawa Citizen for her “exquisite playing,” Michelle Gott is a versatile harpist dedicated to the presentation of traditional repertoire and to the creation of new works in collaboration with emerging composers. As a soloist, Ms. Gott has been featured with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic String Quartet. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 2009 as winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. She has also been featured at Carnegie Hall as soloist for the New York premiere of Kevin Kaska’s Concerto for Harp and Wind Ensemble. Recently, Ms. Gott joined the renowned music faculty at the University of Arizona (Tucson) where she is currently Assistant Professor of Harp. She is also continuing in her role as adjunct faculty at the University of Ottawa.
As an experienced orchestral musician, Ms. Gott has played extensively with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. She has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Alexander Shelley, John Storgårds, Alan Gilbert, Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Péter Eötvös, and Lothar Koenigs. Ms. Gott also has ample experience performing as a substitute harpist for Broadway productions in New York City, including The Producers and The Fantasticks and for artists such as Diana Krall, Olivia Newton-John and rising jazz star, Jennifer Sheehan.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Gott has worked closely with many composers including Andrew Staniland, Pierre Boulez, Virko Baley, Ursula Mamlok, Anthony Cheung, Nico Muhly, and David Fulmer. Notable performances include the world premiere of Andrew Staniland’s “Exit Eden” for flute and harp, commissioned by the National Arts Centre for the G’froerer & Gott Duo; Nico Muhly’s opera, Dark Sisters (2011); and the North American premiere and recording of Anthony Cheung’s Centripedalocity with the Talea Ensemble. She has also performed frequently with the AXIOM Contemporary Ensemble, Sequitur Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Slee Sinfonietta at the University of Buffalo.Michelle Gott
Ms. Gott’s passion for multidisciplinary, artistic collaborations is at the heart of her commissioned projects. Drawing on her early background in vocal performance and musical theater, Ms. Gott commissioned Roderick Gorby to compose a work for small ensemble with two harps doubling on vocals, which Ms. Gott premiered with harpist Caroline Cole at the 2011 World Harp Congress. Ms. Gott was also featured as harpist and vocalist at the Henry Mancini Institute in a performance of her own jazz arrangements for which she was a prizewinner at the 2004 Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest. Upcoming projects include further commissions that blend the world of theater and solo harp performance.
Keenly devoted to arts in education, Ms. Gott was awarded Juilliard’s Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in the Arts. Ms. Gott has extensive experience performing interactive concerts and working with both children and adults through Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship and the Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship. As a teacher, Ms. Gott has coached advanced harpists for the pre-college programs of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and InterSchool Orchestras of New York. Ms. Gott has also served on the harp faculty for several summers at The Performing Arts Institute in Pennsylvania as well as the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) in Powell River, BC. From 2013-2018, Ms. Gott also served as director of harp ensembles for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, leading multiple ensembles from beginning to advanced, high-school harpists.
Michelle GottMs. Gott has been a featured artist at many festivals, including the Lucerne Festival Academy, Ottawa ChamberFest, the 2011 World Harp Congress, Music & Beyond Festival, the Henry Mancini Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She was a winner of both the 2004 and 2006 Anne Adams Award, a prizewinner of the 2005 American Harp Society National Competition, and a quarterfinalist at the 2012 International Harp Contest in Israel. Ms. Gott holds her B.M., M.M, and D.M.A. degrees in Harp Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Nancy Allen.

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