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Tara Viscardi

Harpist ~ Composer ~ Teacher

Traditional Irish Harp ~ Concert Harp ~ Italian Baroque Triple Harp

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Hailing from the Beara Peninsula in the South-West of Ireland, Tara Viscardi is an Irish traditional & folk, classical and baroque harpist. Selected as a 2024 UK Harp Association Emerging Artist and first prize winner of the 2021 London Camac Harp Competition, Tara has been praised for her 'stylish playing' and 'innate musicality'. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado Milan and TU Dublin Conservatoire, solo and chamber performances have taken her across Ireland and the UK, and further afield to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Hong Kong.

Tara was a recipient of the 2022 Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award, which enabled her to commence studies in the Italian baroque triple harp, and was featured at the 14th World Harp Congress, Cardiff performing her original compositions for traditional harp and flute paired with chamber music by 19th and 20th century female composers, generously supported by Culture Ireland. She launches her debut album Beara in April, where she is joined by flautist Robert Harvey for her own compositions paired with music written and collected on the Beara Peninsula since the 18th century.

She is quickly gaining a reputation as an exciting and versatile musician and composer, combining performing with roles as Artistic Administrator for Irish Heritage, Harp Teacher at the Junior King's School, Canterbury and Harp Tutor at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith.

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