Virtuoso playing and delicate soundscapes define the music of U.S.-based Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist. The Ostinato Project originated as a concept for Gilchrist's first solo harp album, a recording intended to explore and celebrate the harp. The work is made up of several compositions and the occasional cover focusing on separating the voices of the harp and utilizing both of the harpist’s hands fully in order to create texture, color, and beauty.
Gilchrist spent seven years studying classical piano, pedal harp and clarsach (Celtic harp) at the City of Edinburgh Music School. Before receiving a full scholarship to attend Berklee, she performed at events such as the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the Celtic Connections Festival. Credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp due to her uniquely chromatic way of using the instrument, Gilchrist has performed and recorded with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Kathy Mattea, Tony Trishka, Darol Anger (with whom she performs regularly), Vardan Ovsepian, and many more.
Based in Boston, she tours internationally and is an Adventure Music recording artist. She will be releasing her second record on the label in the spring of 2014. The first lever harpist to be employed as an instructor in Berklee’s Strings Department, she has written a folk harp method book, published by Hal Leonard Music. The Scotsman describes Gilchrist’s “original voice” as “both fascinating and absorbing in equal measure.”