Classical and Irish Traditional Harpist
Hailing from the idyllic Beara Peninsula, Tara Viscardi is an emerging classical and Irish traditional harpist. Having played the Irish harp for many years, she commenced concert harp studies in her late teens and is currently undertaking postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London and the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan. Regularly in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and traditional player, she has performed extensively across Ireland and the UK, with further engagements taking her to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Hong Kong. Highlights include performances for Irish President Michael D. Higgins and HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as featuring in young artist programmes at the National Concert Hall Dublin (Young Platform Series), Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (Irish Heritage Award Winners), Bloomsbury Festival (New Wave Recital Series), World Harp Congress Hong Kong (Young Artist Masterclass Programme), Boyle Arts Festival, and a solo recital for the Dublin Philharmonic Society's 2019 autumn season. A passionate traditional Irish musician, Tara has performed and toured extensively with the TU Dublin Harp and Traditional Music ensembles, as well as appearing Live on RTÉ Ceili House and Radio Kerry. She regularly performs her own arrangements and compositions, and has been special guest at the Cairde na Cruite (Irish Harp Association) annual spring concert, also performing at their Rising Harp Stars series. Tara plays a beautiful Killarney Harp hand-crafted for her by Tim O’ Carroll in her native Co. Kerry.