Stacey Shames is recognized as one of the world’s foremost harpists, performing as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. She is celebrated for her luxurious tone and an expansive repertoire, which encompasses Scarlatti to the most current composers of today.
Since making her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 14, Ms. Shames has appeared as concerto soloist with The Saint Louis Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, National Chamber Orchestra, and Juilliard Symphony, among others. Her extensive list of honors includes First Prize in the AHS Young Concert Artist Competition, and a top prize in the 11th International Harp Contest in Israel. She has been heard in recital at Jordan Hall, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bargemusic.
Ms. Shames’ busy performing schedule includes appearances at major international festivals with celebrated musicians from around the globe. Her career has featured collaborations with Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, James Galway, Andreas Scholl, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, and Gil Shaham, in numerous recording, concert and television appearances. She has been featured on PBS “Live from Lincoln Center”, A&E “Breakfast with the Arts”, “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The View”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” The artist has accompanied and recorded extensively for some of the most popular musical figures today including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick,Jr., Lauryn Hill, George Michael and Celine Dion. She is heard on the soundtracks to over 75 films.
Stacey Shames is the solo harpist of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and enjoys a challenging schedule of performances, tours and recordings for this prestigious group. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Shames is a member of the Aureole Trio, the preeminent merger of Flute, Viola and Harp. The group has released nine recordings which include all of the standard repertory for the combination, as well as newly commissioned and championed works by such composers as Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, John Tavener, Nicholas Maw, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jan Bach, and George Tsontakis. Also current are several discs, which cross into the popular and world music realm, including a collection of lullabies with soprano, Heidi Grant Murphy. The varied discography of Ms. Shames may also be heard on the RCA, Bridge, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Blue Note, Albany and Concord record labels, having recorded major works by Elliott Carter and George Crumb, among many others.
Ms. Shames began her harp studies at the age of six, traveled internationally as a young soloist, and attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying harp, piano and composition. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. Ms. Shames resides in New Jersey with her husband, Tim Ries, a jazz saxophonist with whom she performs and records, and their three daughters.