Janet Harbison

Award-winning Irish harper Dr. Janet Harbison was raised in a world of two music genres: traditional Irish music (winning allnational and a number of international harp competitions 1979-81) and classical music (studying piano at the Dublin College of Music, TCD and Cork University). She moved to Belfast in 1984 as Research Fellow at Queen’s University and became Curator of Music at the Ulster Folk Museum (1986-94). In 1992, she organised the Belfast Harpers’ Bicentenary Exhibition, the World Harp Festival Belfast, launched the Belfast Harp Orchestra and toured worldwide with the Chieftains (winning a Grammy Award 1993). In 1994, Janet established the Harp Foundation Ireland to support harp activities throughout Northern Ireland. In 2002, she returned to the Republic to establish the Irish Harp Centre in Castleconnell, County Limerick. She is currently visiting lecturer at the University of Ulster.