Meet the musicians

Rita Costanzi

Principal

“An Artist of immense gifts.”  Vancouver Sun

Through her depth of expression as an internationally acclaimed harp soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, actor, teacher and writer, Rita Costanzi “bears the mark of the true Artist: a musician of exceptional accomplishment whose warmth and exquisite virtuosity touch listeners in deep and unexpected ways.”

Her latest CD, Amoroso, (2023) on the Navona Label with renowned oboist, Alex Klein, has received over two million streams.

Former Principal Harp of The Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she was also an Adjunct Professor at The University of British Columbia and New York University and has given Master Classes at Juilliard, Eastman, Peabody, University of Toronto, Glen Gould School, McGill University and Montreal Conservatory. 

Her Masterclasses at Brazil’s FEMUSC Festival attracted students from around the world whose lives have been deeply transformed as harpists and human beings. She has performed and taught internationally in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Costanzi currently lives in New York and is further developing the One-Woman Theater Piece with Harp (Woman On A Ledge) by acclaimed producer, Hershey Felder – based on her Memoir . It will be presented for a 12-night run in November, 2024 at Theater for the New City, directed by Lissa Moira.

Ms. Costanzi’s training began at an early age under the guidance of her father, the noted violist Francis Tursi, and harpist Eileen Malone. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction and the Performer’s Certificate, she furthered her studies with Bernard Zighera, Marcel Grandjany, and in France on an ITT International Fellowship with Jacqueline Borot. She was twice winner of the American Harp Society’s National Competition and recipient of the Lily Laskine Award for the most outstanding solo harp recital.

www.ritacostanzi.com