Described as 'exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive', harpist Jacqueline Kerrod is perfectly at home across multiple genres. She has performed in some of the major venues in the United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Greene Space, Joe's Pub, National Sawdust, the Apollo Theater, SF MoMA, the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Radio Love Fest (BAM), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival (Fellow), Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe), the Asphalt Contemporary Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), The National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa), Jazztopad (Wrocław, Poland) with the legendary composer/multi-instrumentalist and MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' recipient Anthony Braxton, and the Savannah Music Festival with Grammy®-winning arranger and producer Robert Sadin. She is an Aldeburgh World Orchestra Artist. Jacqueline was a featured performer at the American Harp Society National Conference in New York City, has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and toured with two-time Grammy®-nominee Seraphic Fire.
Jacqueline is a member of the American Modern Ensemble (AME) and has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Alarm Will Sound, and Metropolis Chamber Ensemble. As a native South African, she is passionate about commissioning and performing music written by South African composers and has performed over a dozen works written for her.
Jacqueline has had the great fortune of playing alongside principal harpists, Deborah Hoffman and Nancy Allen in the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic orchestras respectively, and as principal harpist with the New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, American Symphony and the American Composers orchestras. She has performed for various Broadway and off- Broadway shows (Cinderella, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, The Fantasticks and Donnybrook!).
She is a member of the pop duo Addi & Jacq who recently won Battle of the Boroughs and were crowned ‘Best Emerging Band’ in New York City by NPR-WNYC. Armed with the powerhouse vocals of Addi McDaniel and Jacqueline's versatility on the harp, the duo has created a diverse and compelling body of music. They've taken the heart and soul of blues, jazz, and classical music, and skillfully placed it inside of a pop exterior. With the help of looping pedals and vocal processors, they create a sound that easily competes with a full band. They have performed in some of the hottest venues in New York City including The Greene Space, BAMcafé, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom and Rockwood Music Hall.
Together with Addi McDaniel [Addi & Jacq], Jacqueline has developed workshops on creative collaboration and songwriting. She also offers a workshop on looping as a compositional and performance tool, as well as processing sound using effects boxes. She has presented these around the country at centers including Princeton, Pasadena, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
Jacqueline enjoys teaching children of all ages and adults and has maintained a private teaching studio for the past 10 years. Her students continue to score the highest marks in NYSSMA evaluations.
degrees / awards
Jacqueline began playing the harp at the age of nine in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in performance with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand under the tutelage of Ventura Rosenthal and Pauline Nossel. She was a finalist in the Jim Joel Music Prize and ATKV National Music Competitions. With the prestigious Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Foundation Scholarship, she moved to the US on the invitation of Nancy Allen to study with her at the Yale School of Music (Master of Music and Artist Diploma). During this period she spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival as the Fellowship recipient and was the winner of the harp competition '01.
Jacqueline’s discography includes 3 self produced albums with Addi & Jacq, Greg Spears' Requiem (New Amsterdam Records), Robert Paterson’s Star Crossing and Book of Goddesses (American Modern Recordings) and MAYA - In The Spirit (Perspectives Recordings). Other notable recordings that feature Jacqueline include Tristan Murail’s Winter Fragments (AEON) and the single Crazy in Love by Antony and the Johnsons (Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade Records). Her latest recording, "Candlelight Carols" with Grammy®-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire debuted at #11 on the Classical Billboard charts.
* cover photo credit: Leo Mascaro