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List of Famous Harpists

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List of famous harpists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top harpists in the world? This includes the most prominent harpists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in our lists of famous cellists and famous female violinists. This list of notable harpists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic harpists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned harpists.

This list of great harp players includes Harpo Marx , Loreena McKennitt and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known harpists to the lesser known harpists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the harpist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous harpists ever?" and "What are the names of famous harpists?" then you're in the right place. 

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    Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist, and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined and clear dramatic soprano vocals. She has sold more than 14 million records worldwide....  more

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  • John Roy Anderson (born 25 October 1944), known professionally as Jon Anderson, is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with bassist Chris Squire. He was a member of the band across three tenures between 1968 and 2008. Anderson is a current member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. Anderson is also noted for his solo career and collaborations with other artists, including Vangelis as Jon and Vangelis, Roine Stolt as Anderson/Stolt, and Jean-Luc Ponty as AndersonPonty Band. He has also appeared on albums by King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, Iron Butterfly and Mike Oldfield.Anderson...  more

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  • Carlos Salzedo (6 April 1885 – 17 August 1961) was a French harpist, pianist, composer and conductor. His compositions brought a new modernist sensibility to the virtuoso repertoire of the instrument. He influenced many composers with his new ideas for the harp. He taught scores of students every year at the Curtis Institute of Music, at the Institute of Musical Art and in his private studio in New York City, and especially at his famed summer harp colony in Seal Harbor, then in Camden, Maine, which was featured in Life magazine. His students became members of many orchestras and faculty members in many influential music schools (Boston University, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School...  more
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