New York native Caroline Bembia is the newly appointed Principal Harpist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, based in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will join the orchestra full time in June 2017. She has been commended by the New York Times for her “fine work” as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. In November 2012 she had her Alice Tully Hall
debut performing the U.S. premier of Hilda Paredes' Demente
Cuerda for harp and orchestra. Caroline was a finalist in the 2015
Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition with her
improvisation chamber group, The Illustrators, and she has
recently been awarded third prize in the 2017 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Competition.
Caroline frequently performs with multiple professional orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Charleston Symphony. In addition, Caroline has performed at summer music festivals such as the Artosphere Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Music Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She also performed with Juilliard's renowned AXIOM ensemble, conducted by Alan Gilbert, in a highly publicized production of Heinz Karl Gruber's opera “Gloria” as a featured performance of the 2013 New York Philharmonic Biennial Concert Series.
Caroline is an alumna of the Juilliard Pre-College program; after studying there for 6 years, she continued her harp studies with Judy Loman at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Caroline received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in the studio of Nancy Allen, and she is now working towards a Professional Studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Mariko Anraku.