Andrea Steckermeier-Thiele, born in Vilsbiburg, Bavaria, began her education
in harp at the age of eight and continued in 1986 at the Conservatory
in Munich under Professor Helga Storck. After having received honors in
1992, she completed her formal education in harp with a concert exam in
In addition, she has worked with Professor
Catherine Michel and received a scholarship from the German National Scholarship
Foundation and Rotary International to study under Professor Nancy Allen
at Yale University where she obtained her Master's Degree in Music and
won first prize at the Woolsey Hall Competition.
She has been the winner of many competitions
and has received numerous awards since early on in her education: in 1989
she won first prize in the German nationwide "Youth Making Music Competition"
and an award from the German Harp Players Association; in 1990 she received
the Youth Culture Award from the Rotary Club in Landshut and first prize
at the Felix-Mottl Memory Competition at the Conservatory in Munich; in
1994 she received a scholarship from the German Music Council Competition.
She has brought her artistic effect as an
accomplished harpist to many an orchestra, including the National Youth
Orchestra (Germany), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Munich
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg State Opera, and the German Opera
in Berlin. She was pricipal harpist in the Schwerin State Orchestra from
1994-2000 and has been principle harpist of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
As a soloist, she has performed, among others.
on Bavarian Radio, Hessen Radio, North German Radio, at the SchleswigHolstein
Festival, the Rheingau Festival, as well as in the Mecklenburg Summer
Music Festival, the Philharmonia Hungaria, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic,
Salzburg Mozart Orchestra, the Warsaw Symphonic, and the Schwerin State
Her repertoire of solo and chamber music
extends from baroque to contemporary music. She has worked extensively
as a performer of harp music of the 26th century and has premiered compositions
from Genzmer, Eberlein, Denholf, and Mautner.
For more information about the artist visit her website: http://www.harfe.com.