23/24 Season Artist
Atlanta-based Paula Fagerberg is one of America’s foremost historical harpists, specializing in the chromatic harps of the late Renaissance and Baroque eras. She tours abroad and performs around the country with many of the nation’s finest early music ensembles, such as Bach Collegium San Diego, The Folger Consort, The Bishop’s Band, The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, The Rose Ensemble, and The American Bach Soloists, and has appeared with The (modern) Minnesota Symphony Orchestra as well.
Paula has performed throughout Europe and the Americas, including a private performance for the American ambassador to Sweden at his Stockholm residence; a live Christmas concert for Westdeutscher Rundfunk Radio in Germany; a recital on antique single-action pedal harps at Oxford University; and several tours of South America on the very rare Spanish baroque double harp, heard here today.
Sought after for her charming, expressive solo performances as well as her creative, dynamic continuo playing, Paula has been praised by The Washington Post for a “striking set of improvisations … featuring sensitive interplay.”
Paula was featured as an expert on the history of the harp in the PBS documentary Harp Dreams. She is a founding member of Armonia Celeste, which specializes in the music of the early Italian Baroque; the group was a finalist in the Naxos/Early Music America recording competition and has released two recordings on the Centaur label.
Paula attended graduate school on full scholarship at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where she studied the art of continuo with lutenist Nigel North and historical harps with Andrew Lawrence-King. She earned a B.Mus. in historical harp performance, graduating magna cum laude from Clayton State University, where she was named a Spivey Scholar as well as The University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar, an honor bestowed on only one student statewide per graduating class.