Emily Sanzaro – Tasmanian Harpist


Emily lives in Launceston, Tasmania with her husband and two daughters.  Emily has enjoyed learning music and performing from a young age, starting at age 5 with classical violin and musical theory training through the St Cecilia School of Music.   Emily completed undergraduate studies as an Occupational Therapist in Adelaide and has worked in various parts of Australia.  During her travels, Emily was a member of a number of folk music groups where she thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of improvisation on the violin.

Emily returned to Tasmania in 2007 and fulfilled a lifelong dream to play the harp.  Emily started on a Celtic lever harp and now plays a Camac Prestige concert pedal harp from France.  Emily enjoys playing all genres of music on the harp including classical, Celtic, traditional folk and jazz.  She has a particular love of improvisation, composition and arranging contemporary music for the harp.  Although she loves playing the type of music you would expect from a harp, she also enjoys challenging the conventions and stereotypes of the ‘angelic harpist’.

Emily has served as President of the Harp Society of Tasmania and also works as a therapeutic harpist, playing harp at the bedside for people with a terminal illness.  She is currently studying her final level of the Clinical Musicians Certification Program.  Emily is the principal harpist with the Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra.