Our 2020 Grandjany Memorial Competition Winner, Hannah Cope Johnson, has just won the position as Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera!
Hannah begins her first season as Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera in Fall of 2023. She was previously Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra. She earned a B.M. from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and obtained an M.M. and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Jessica Zhou of Boston Symphony Orchestra. While at NEC, Hannah was selected as the school’s featured artist and performed the Mozart Concerto for Flute & Harp with the NEC Symphony in January 2020.
In New England, Hannah has performed with many orchestras and ensembles including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Cape Ann Symphony, and Plymouth Philharmonic. Recent career highlights include being featured as a guest artist with Boston Chamber Music Society and performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall.
In addition to professional engagements, Hannah is an avid competitor. She has won numerous harp competitions including the American Harp Society National Competition, the Lyon and Healy Awards, the Grandjany Memorial Competition, and most recently took 2me Prix at the 2022 Concours International de Harpe Félix Godefroid in Belgium. Hannah has also won fellowship positions at summer orchestra festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and their two cats, Hobbes and Zeus. When she’s not on her harp bench, she loves escaping to the beach, trying new recipes, and playing Mario Kart. For more information about this wonderful harpist, please visit harpfreak.com.