A confident and energetic performer, Twin Cities-based harpist Amy Nam has appeared as a soloist with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble, the Vanderbilt University Orchestra, and the Sewannee Summer Festival Orchestra. She holds a master’s degree in harp performance from McGill University, where she studied harp with Montreal Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Jennifer Swartz, as well as a master’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied composition with Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and David Liptak. She completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where she studied harp with Marian Shaffer and graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music Founder’s Medalist.
Nam has written a number of works both for the harp and other instrumental ensembles. Recently, Nam received funding through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning program to write and perform a new piece with the Rochester, NY-based ensemble fivebyfive. In 2020, she won the Lyra Society’s 7th Annual Costello Competition for Composition. In 2018 Nam’s work Somewhere to Elsewhere, for harp and ensemble, was selected from nearly 700 entries for a BMI Student Composer Award. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and playing frisbee with her husband and dog. www.amynam.com