Kristi Shade began playing the harp at the age of two, and has since become one of the preeminent emerging harpists in New York City, regularly performing with symphony orchestras both in New York and across the country. She is currently the principal harpist for the Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, the Astoria Symphony, One World Symphony and Ensemble 212.
In recent years, Kristi has played for several Broadway shows, including Wicked, Gypsy starring Patti Lupone and The Apple Tree starring Kristin Chenowith. She has performed multiple times with hit popular bands, including The Killers and The All AmericanRejects. Television appearances include The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and All My Children.
Kristi received her training at the University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music, where she now teaches. Since graduating from these prestigious institutions, Kristi has played countless engagements both at home and abroad. She has toured the world with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, she is a mainstay at New York’s Ritz Carlton and Plaza Hotels, and she has played for innumerable weddings and private events in the tri-state area. In the past she has been a participant of the National Orchestra Institute and the Henri Mancini Institute.
Kristi has been the guest harpist for many orchestras, including the Florida Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Alhambra Orchestra of Florida, and the Brooklyn Repertory Opera. Her solo engagements have included performances of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Ensemble 212, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, as well as Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Astoria Symphony.
Kristi currently resides in Manhattan. She teaches privately and at the Manhattan School of Music, and maintains a vigorous performance schedule in the Manhattan area and elsewhere.