Harpist Katherine Ventura has performed throughout the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. She has performed in some of the most prestigious halls in the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, UK, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Spain, Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
An experienced orchestral musician, Ms. Ventura has performed as guest principal harp with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London). She has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony (ID), and the Charlotte (NC), Colombus (OH), Fort Wayne (IN), and New World Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Ventura has worked with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Iván Fischer, James Gaffigan, Valery Gergiev, Marvin Hamlisch, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Japp van Zweden. She has performed with soloists such as Joshua Bell, Stéphane Degout, Julia Fischer, Thomas Hampson, Leonidas Kavakos, Anna Netrebko, René Pape, and Bernadette Peters.
She has been Principal Harp of the Verbier Festival and Verbier Chamber Orchestras (Switzerland), and has also performed at the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, SC, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, as well as Principal Harp with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Ms. Ventura received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, where she studied harp pedagogy and performance under Gretchen Van Hoesen, Principal Harp, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She received her Masters Degree in Music Performance from Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2010 as a student of Sarah Bullen, Principal Harp, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon and Roosevelt University Orchestras, and the Lake Forest Symphony.
Ms. Ventura is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and at The People’s Music School in Chicago. She also maintains a full private studio.
Chamber music endeavors have included frequent appearances with Russian flautist, Alena Lugovkina. The duo has performed in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, most recently finishing a month long tour of concerts and masterclasses in the United States during Spring of 2016.