Harpist Kirsten Agresta Copely and flutist Iris Derke will be performing the world premiere of Dinos Constantinides’ Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra on March 17, 2018, at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. The Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) commissioned the piece to commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary. It will be conducted by DCINY’s artistic director and principal conductor, Jonathan Griffith, and will be live-streamed on their Facebook page.
“I have a long standing musical relationship and friendship with the flutist and conductor, with whom I performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto at Lincoln Center back in 2009,” Agresta Copely says. “The concerto has many Greek influences and is filled with meter changes, tapping on the sounding board, intricate, arpeggiated patterns, and more.” The Greek-born Constantinides is known for his eclectic blend of styles and his effortless integration of Greek colors in his compositions.
Agresta Copely has a versatile career as a performer and teacher. Since winning third prize at the USA International Harp Competition in 1989, she has gone on to perform as a soloist and ensemble player all over the world. Her work as a classical musician has led to solo concertos at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, and regular performances with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Nashville Symphony. She also performs with the New York Pops, and has played alongside esteemed artists such as Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, and Michael Bublé. As a teacher, Agresta Copely currently serves as the professor of harp at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College and at Indiana University as the associate instructor of the harp department from 1991-1993.