Meet Elisabeth

elisabethremyjohnson-verticalElisabeth Remy Johnson was appointed principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1995. She holds the endowed Carl and Sally Gable Chair, and also held the honorary UPS Community Service Chair for 2006-07. With the Atlanta Symphony, Elisabeth has performed concertos by Debussy, Handel, Mozart and Ginastera. Winner of first-place awards in competitions of the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, she is also a NFAA/ARTS awardee. She graduated from Harvard University Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Music and French. Her harp studies were with Ann Hobson Pilot in Boston and Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Elisabeth is co-founder of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a program serving 55 students from 7 schools in the Atlanta Public School system, and was artistic director  from 2000 to 2010. For this work she received Atlanta’s Channel Eleven Community Service Award and the TBS Pathfinder’s Award. In fall of 2009, Elisabeth was awarded the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Up & Comers Award,” also known as “40 under 40,” showcasing young community leaders in Atlanta.



In this collection, Elisabeth features the arrangements of Carlos Salzedo, one of the greatest harpists of the 20th century. The CD includes all of the carols in the Salzedo “Collection”, ranging from short paraphrases of perhaps less familiar carols (a Basque carol, a Catalan carol) and lovely arrangements of favorites such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, to dynamic concert variations (“O Tannenbaum”) In addition to the Collection, the CD opens with Salzedo’s “I Wonder as I Wander” and closes with Elisabeth’s arrangement of Holst’s “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.”

Elisabeth collaborated with ASO Principal Flute Christina Smith to record “Encantamiento” in 2005. Highlights include both standard duos such as Rota’s beautiful “Sonata per flauto e arpa”, and newer favorites such as three tangos by British composer Graham Lynch. The CD also includes Elisabeth’s transcription of Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.”  The American Record Guide writes: “This collection is aptly named, for we have enchantment here long before we reach the composition with that title, and the sound of Elisabeth Remy Johnson’s harp is captured with exceptional brilliance, her artistry a constant joy.”

Elisabeth’s debut solo recording was released in 2000. She presents a recital of favorite harp solos from a range of time periods, from the sparkling Pescetti “Sonata” to the fascinating Britten “Suite”, Marcel Tournier’s lovely “Sonatine for Harp” to Salzedo’s tour-de-force “Whirlwind.”


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She is not currently accepting private students, but she does teach through the ASO’s Talent Development Program and at Emory University, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.

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