Praised by The Boston Globe for her "subtlety and insight," pianist Anne Kissel is sought after as a chamber musician and song recitalist. Ms. Kissel is a cofounder and artistic director of the Florestan Recital Project, and appears often in recital with her husband, tenor Joe Dan Harper. Together they have premiered works by composers such as Daniel Pinkham and Lior Navok and have performed in Boston's Jordan Hall, live on Boston's WGBH, at the American Music Center in Boulder, Colorado, throughout the southern United States, and in Germany. Their performance together in November 2002 with the Florestan Recital Project was acclaimed by Boston's Bay Windows as the best recital of 2002.

Ms. Kissel has been a member of Boston's Radius Ensemble, an innovative chamber group performing works from the traditional to the cutting edge. Ms. Kissel performed in the 2003 opening season of Boston's contemporary opera festival Opera Unlimited, culminating in a recording of two chamber operas by Daniel Pinkham, released on the Arsis label. Ms. Kissel has been involved in educational outreach performance with such groups as the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Boston.

In 1994, Ms. Kissel was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2003 she returned to Germany with her husband, who was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Ms. Kissel is a doctoral candidate in collaborative piano at the Eastman School of Music where she has been honored with an award for Excellence in Accompanying. She received her Master's Degree in piano at Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music as a Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia in her hometown of Athens. Her teachers have included Jean Barr, Randall Hodgkinson, Evelyne Brancart, André Marchand, and Richard Zimdars.


Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University | September 27, 2009
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[Concert Review] Florestan, BMOP offer sublime tribute to vocal music

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project had a good idea last weekend. They paired with the Florestan Project, a superb vocal group, to present three days of concerts named “Voice of America” at Tufts University’s Distler Performance Hall. Florestan presented the complete songs of Samuel Barber, some 75 in number. The Sunday afternoon concert I attended then featured a chamber-music-sized BMOP with concerted songs of Samuel Barber and Virgil Thomson. Florestan and BMOP together offered a sublime tribute to the voice.

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