Praised for her “incandescent harp playing…and an enormous palate of sonic colors,” harpist Kelsey Molinari is one of the most sought after harpists of her generation. She has performed throughout the world with some of the top orchestras in the country, most recently performing as guest principal harpist with the Milwaukee Symphony.
From 2005-2008, Kelsey was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, touring the world and performing with prominent conductors and soloists. Kelsey has also participated in the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC.
During the 2008-2009 season, Kelsey performed as acting substitute principal harpist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During her appointment, she toured with the orchestra to Carnegie Hall and worked with maestros Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Esa Peka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach, and others. She can be heard on the Chicago Symphony’s Grammy nominated CD featuring Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements.”
In 2011 Kelsey joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel for their European tour which included performances in Lisbon, Madrid, London, Paris, Cologne, Budapest, and Vienna. In January and February 2012, Kelsey was invited by Gustavo Dudamel to return to the LA Phil as guest principal harpist in its Mahler Project, a complete survey of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler performed by the LA Phil and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in both Los Angeles and Caracas, Venezuela. The Mahler Project culminated in a performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, the “Symphony of a Thousand.” In Caracas, Venezuela more than 1,400 musicians were involved. Kelsey can be heard on the Philharmonic’s Deutsche Grammophone recordings of Mahler 8 and 9.
Kelsey completed her bachelors and masters of music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University with Sarah Bullen, principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Raised in Thiensville, Wisconsin, Kelsey and her husband, TJ, live in Milwaukee with their three children.