Sara Cutler, Principal Harp
Sara Cutler, Principal Harp with Westchester Philharmonic, has appeared as concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She has not only performed works from the standard concerto repertoire but has premiered and performed many 20th Century concertos, such as the concerto Cold, Silent Snow, written for her and flutist Linda Chesis by American composer Elizabeth Larsen. Ms. Cutler was the soloist for the European premiere of Gian-Carlo Menotti's Cantilena and Scherzo for harp and string orchestra and while Malcolm Williamson was "Master of the Queen's Music" in England, Ms. Cutler performed the British premiere of his harp concerto, Au Tombeau du Martyr Juif, with Scottish Baroque Ensemble.
For many years, Ms. Cutler collaborated with flutist Linda Chesis in the Chesis/Cutler Duo. New York Times called their playing, "gorgeously fluid" and Times of London enjoyed the "sweet touch of sparkle and class that was to pervade" their debut recital at London's Southbank Centre. Their debut recitals in Tokyo at the Asahiseimei Hall and in Paris at the Comedie de Champs-Elysees were both sold-out. As a soloist and with Ms.Chesis, Ms. Cutler has performed around the world, appearing in recital in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, London, Paris, and New York.
A participant in the Bard Festival in upstate New York since its inception, she appears there every summer as a soloist and chamber musician. She has also appeared at dozens of other summer festivals from Tanglewood to the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival.
She has recorded extensively: the Concertino for Harp and Chamber Orchstra by Erno Dohnanyi, with American Symphony Orchestra (Bridge Records), an all Debussy CD with Ms. Chesis (Masters/Carlton Classics, London), with Smithsonian Chamber Players (BMG Classics), and a Christmas CD with soprano Jessye Norman (Philips). She can also be heard on many recordings as the harpist with Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Ballet Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra. Among the film scores she has recorded is the Warner Brothers' release, Map of the World, by acclaimed jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
In New York, where she has worked with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, James Levine, Andre Previn and Robert Shaw, Ms. Cutler is Principal Harp with American Symphony Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestra as well as Solo Harpist with Dance Theatre of Harlem.
A Yale College graduate, she is on the faculty of Brooklyn College's Conservatory of Music and is a former faculty member of Columbia University's Teachers' College.