Franziska Huhn, harp
Harpist Franziska Huhn is a vibrant musical force as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and orchestral performer. Ms. Huhn has given solo recitals throughout the United States and worldwide in Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Germany, including performances for German Presidents Johannes Rau and Horst Koehler at Schloss Bellevue.
Ms. Huhn has been featured in recital on WGBH’s “Live from Studio 1” and as part of New England Conservatory’s First Mondays performance series. In 2007 Ms. Huhn’s recording Harp Solo was released and features both contemporary and classical works for harp.
A 2003 Fromm Fellow, Ms. Huhn is known as a proponent of contemporary music for harp and performs works written especially for her by composers Daniel Pinkham, Lior Navok, and John Heiss. Ms. Huhn plays as part of contemporary chamber ensembles Callithumpian Consort, Collage New Music and Sound Icon. Since 2007 Ms. Huhn has served as a performer and coach at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory.
Ms. Huhn performs as part of harp and flute ensemble Duo Elysee based in Berlin, Germany. She has also performed as a substitute harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as in orchestral positions with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.
As a pedagogue Ms. Huhn holds faculty positions at New England Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Wheaton College. Since 2003, Ms. Huhn has been the Assistant Director of the Harp Seminar at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and has served on the faculty of the Connecticut Valley Harp Intensive since 2012.
Ms. Huhn established herself as an artist of distinction at a very young age, earning first prize in the prestigious Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany at the age of fourteen. She was then invited to study on a full scholarship with Lucile Lawrence at Boston University and then
continued her harp studies with Ann Hobson Pilot at New England Conservatory, where she became the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005. In 2007, she received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany.
A love of music and a sense of joy in music-making informs everything we do at the instrument. I work with my students to select repertory that engages them on a deeply personal level while also using each piece as a vehicle for exploring technique and tone production. With each work we study, the end goal is always to make music in an authentic and meaningful way.
Having studied in both the United States and in Europe, my expertise stretches across a variety of technical traditions; in lessons we are able to call upon all of the strategies in this "technical toolbox" to find new ways of addressing interpretive issues. I work with students to develop an understanding of how their own bodies produce sound at the instrument with a focus on healthy playing. With each student we work together to explore their physical experience while performing to ensure that they are optimizing their unique structural makeup to produce the most beautiful sound in the healthiest way.
My primary goal is to provide students with ways of thinking about music making that will continue to evolve and develop long after we have finished working together. I encourage students to approach music-making as a serious task, a playful exploration, a soothing and reflective process, a scientific endeavor, or any number of types of experiences depending on the physical and mental self they are bringing to the instrument that day. This ability to engage with the process as any version of oneself ensures a lifelong commitment to ones instrument and the process of making music. During our time together I work to enable each student to develop and deepen their relationship with their music-making while continuing to grow as a musician with a passion for creating and sharing something beautiful.
B.A., Boston University; M.M., Graduate Diploma, Artist Diploma, New England Conservatory. Principal teachers: Lucile Lawrence, Ann Hobson-Pilot. Summer Festivals: Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival. Solo Performance on WGBH, and in Boston (Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum), throughout the US, Europe and Middle East. Soloist with Kaliningrad Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Lima Symphony. Member: Mistral; guest artist: Walden Chamber Players. Faculty: Longy School of Music, Assistant Director at Boston University Tanglewood Institute Harp Seminar.