Monika HaarNew York City, NY
Originally from Honolulu, pianist Monika Haar is an advocate of new music and the director of InnoVox, a contemporary mixed ensemble based in New York City. She frequently collaborates with a variety of composers, and works closely with members of the Queens College New Music Group (QCNMG) to premiere their works on a regular basis. Her most recent engagements with QCNMG includes a performance of piano miniatures, an entire program of newly commissioned works for InnoVox, and a premiere of Howie Kenty’s work with electro-acoustic violinist Todd Reynolds.
Monika was most recently featured in Chamber Music America’s 2014 National Conference showcase along with InnoVox, and is currently working with Experiments in Opera’s composer Aaron Siegel for a premiere of his opera, Brother Brother in May 2014. In recent years, she was featured in Melinda Faylor’s month-long Cage Hop festival in 2012, which celebrated John Cage’s centennial anniversary throughout various venues in New York City. During the same year, she attended the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music. There, she worked with resident composer, Christian Wolff, and collaborated with members of Stephen Drury’s ensemble, The Callithumpian Consort. With her active participation in Michael Lipsey’s Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble, she performed in the CUNY New Music Festival at Baruch College in 2011. As the pianist of Whitney George’s contemporary chamber orchestra, The Curiosity Cabinet, Monika was featured in the 2013 NYC Composers Now Festival, and recorded her radio drama, “The Crimson Hand”. Her interest in electroacoustic music led her to premiering a microtonal work by Dan Liot Fine with members of InnoVox at the 2013 NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. Monika enjoys performing toy piano, and is an active member in Alida Torres’ toy band, Le Petit Pepinot.
Monika curated the InnoVox Green Concert, which took place in December 2013 at ShapeShifter Lab. The program featured 8 composers that were selected from their international call for scores. It exhibited acoustic, electroacoustic, and a piece with choreographed dance. The event was inspired by her desire to raise environmental awareness in New York City through contemporary music. The success of the event launched it into an annual event presented by InnoVox.
With her interest in music administrative work, Monika assisted Director Solbong Kim at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, and is currently an intern for the Talea Ensemble in New York City. She is devoted to teaching piano to students of all ages and actively maintains a private studio. Monika attended the Oberlin Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she studied with Robert Shannon, Taubman specialist Robert Durso, and Ursula Oppens.
Jennifer Higdon: Zaka (2010)
Recorded live, 2014
David Schober: Variations (1999)
Recorded live, 2014
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