Houston harpist, Abigail Sliva, has taken the stage across the country as both a soloist and orchestral musician. Her love and dedication to the art of music has led her to Houston where she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in harp performance at the Moores School of Music. Ms. Sliva attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor and Master degrees in harp performance where she studied under the renowned recording artist, Yolanda Kondonassis.
Ms. Sliva made her concerto debut in 2013 when she performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In addition to her experience as a soloist, Ms. Sliva performed as principle harpist with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013. Ms. Sliva has also performed as guest principle with orchestras across the country such as the the Houston Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony. An active ensemble musician, Ms. Sliva has been a founding member of the Heart Strings Ensemble since 2005.
Ms. Sliva was honored to receive the Alice Chalifoux Prize in recognition of her talent and dedication to the harp in the spring of 2013. Ms. Sliva is also a winner of the 2012 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition and took second place in the 2014 Moores School of Music Concerto Competition. Ms. Sliva is an experienced soloist and has competed in world class competition such as the IMA HOGG Concerto Competition and the National American Harp Society Competition.
Ms. Sliva began studying the harp in Chicago Illinois at the age of ten and has continued to pursue the art with passion over the years. An experienced teacher, Ms. Sliva has been educating students of all ages over the past eight years.