Hailing from the Beara Peninsula in the South-West of Ireland, Tara Viscardi is an emerging classical and Irish traditional harpist. First Prize Winner of the 2021 Camac Harp Competition, Tara graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a Master of Music in Performance with Distinction. She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Harp Performance at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milan and is a 2021 Wigmore Learning/Open Royal Academy of Music Fellow as member of early music/folk fusion trio Nobody's Jig.
Regularly featuring as a soloist, chamber musician and traditional player, Tara 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 appearing in young artist programmes at the Bloomsbury Festival London (New Wave Recital Series), Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (Irish Heritage Award Winners recital), the Royal College of Music Chamber Music Series, the National Concert Hall Dublin (Young Platform Series), World Harp Congress Hong Kong (Young Artist Masterclass Programme), Boyle Arts Festival, and the Dublin Philharmonic Society's recital series for emerging artists.
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 for a Retreat to the Harp workshop and recital, London, and 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.