MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017, 2014
Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, has been praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer), “glittering beauty” (Lawrence Budman, critic for the Miami Herlad), and “most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade). Past performances include the premiere of a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall in 2016; and appearances at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada; the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington D.C. Jacqueline has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has given solo recitals throughout the East Coast, and whether performing standard repertoire, lesser-known works, or her own compositions and transcriptions, Jacqueline is always exploring the versatility of the harp.
In addition to solo performances, Jacqueline appears frequently as part of Trio Sirènes, along with flutist Marcia Kämper and violist Karin Brown. Trio Sirènes has been featured on recital series including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music by Candlelight Series, the Strathmore Mansion Concert Series, and the St. David’s Music Series. Jacqueline also performs regularly with Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Jacqueline has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Post Classical Ensemble, (Washington D.C.), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London, UK), the Scottish Voices (Glasgow, Scotland), Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.), the Choir of Clare College (Cambridge, UK), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble (Washington D.C.), and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (Baltimore, Maryland).
2018 will see the release of two new recordings, Songs and Dreams for solo harp; and Music for Cello and Harp with cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski. Past recording credits include Bouquet, a solo album featuring standard and contemporary works, hailed as “lovely…glittering somewhere in secluded forest glades” (Clayton G. Koonce); Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; delight/delirium featuring works by composer Fernando Benadon; and Voyage, a recording of avant-garde harp and saxophone duos with saxophonist Noah Getz, praised by The Sybaritic Singer, “both... play with nuanced style and impressive technique.”
An active composer and arranger, Jacqueline recently completed an artist residency through the Baltimore County Public Library for the pursuit new compositions. Jacqueline’s first major pedagogical publication, Pedal Exercises for Harp, was published in 2016 through Oakway Studios. Additionally, she is published by Vanderbilt Music, and has several arrangements of folk songs for students available through Harp Column Music, an online platform.
Jacqueline has been recognized with numerous awards and grants including two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency. Jacqueline is on the faculties of, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Goucher College, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and maintains a private studio of harp students. She has given masterclasses at Florida State University, the Levine School of Music, and Salisbury University. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp and serves as president of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Harp Society. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.