Louise Vickerman has earned the reputation as one of North America’s leading orchestral harpists. Hailed by the Deseret News for her “delicate phrasings & sensitively expressed nuances”, “consummate artistry & impeccable technique” (Reichel Recommends) & “...Vickerman made the harp sound simultaneously majestic & serene” (Salt Lake Tribune), she has highlighted the true capabilities of the harp bringing heightened audience awareness to the instrument and has been recognized as such by having been invited to share her expertise as a clinician throughout North America & Europe.
Vickerman was appointed Principal Harpist of The Utah Symphony/Utah Opera in 1999 and has been a featured soloist with the orchestra on a number of occasions, most recently being the Utah premiere of Mark Adamo’s “Four Angels” where she was praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for her “powerful impassioned performance”. She has also appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, The Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, on BBC & Norwegian National radio & at the Heidelberg Castle Festival in Germany. Prior to her appointment in Utah, she was formerly Principal Harp for the San Antonio Symphony & The New World Symphony in Miami. Originally from Glasgow Scotland, she regularly appeared with all of Scotland’s major orchestras including The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony & Scottish Chamber Orchestra before moving to the US in 1993. She has performed at major festivals worldwide including the Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC London Proms, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and regularly plays Principal Harp for The Grand Teton Music Festival, WY.
As an active chamber musician she has collaborated with violinist Cho-Liang Lin in recital at the Colorado Music Festival & has been regularly featured on the Nova Chamber music series in Salt Lake City. She gave the world premiere of “Awuya” for solo harp by the acclaimed British composer Sally Beamish, a work that was commissioned for her by Glasgow University and in the summer of 2011 was an invited performer at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver, BC. As a teacher Vickerman was the adjunct professor of harp at Weber State University for 14 years, is adjunct at Westminster College & was interim Director of Harp Studies at Brigham Young University for the 2005-06 academic year. She was on the Premier Artist Faculty for the 2009 Salvi Harps Summer Institute in Anaheim, CA & has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY & at The New World Symphony, FL. She maintains a private teaching studio & has coached the harp sections of the Utah Youth Symphony & The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
Ms. Vickerman is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she earned her Master of Music degree as a student of Kathleen Bride. She received her BA & Certificate of Postgraduate Studies from Glasgow University & The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Sanchia Pielou & Karen Vaughan. Vickerman is a Salvi Harp Artist http://salviharpsinc.com/press.htm
Louise is also a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine, instrument & glider (private) ratings & is currently working towards her flight instructor certification. She also enjoys trap shooting, running & gardening & is married to Utah Symphony trumpet player Peter Margulies. They live in a restored 1901 Victorian home in the East Liberty Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City with their rescue shih-tzus, Ollie & Bella.
Acting Principal Harp
Matthew is currently Acting Principal Harpist with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera for the 2013-2014 season. He also holds principal positions with the Boise Philharmonic and is a permanent substitute harpist with the Anchorage Symphony. Matthew is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard Pre College. He has performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestral performances in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space. As a member of the American Harp Society and President of the Boise Chapter, Matthew was asked to perform an honorarium solo recital. He has performed concertos with Boise Philharmonic, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music of the Springs in Colorado, and many others. Matthew has been chosen to perform at prestigious music festivals such as Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, WY and Académie Internationale d’été de Nice in Nice, France. He has received a perfect score for a music grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts in 2012. He is currently the Adjunct Harp Professor at Weber State University and Northwest Nazarene University.