Elisabeth Remy Johnson with her harp

Elisabeth Remy Johnson

Elisabeth Remy Johnson is a simply gorgeous musician. The principal harpist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, she is also a dear childhood friend and fellow musician. I have always loved watching her play. A top-level harpist is something that everyone should see up close: It’s like watching an Olympic gymnast express all of their skill and dexterity with only two hands. Elisabeth and I first reconnected when she emailed Bach in the Subways in 2014, eager to get involved. I was extremely excited to be back in touch. What followed included an hours-long phone conversation, an Atlanta-based initiative for Bach in the Subways, and eventually, our formation of the Parsa Duo, dedicated to music-making solely for the fun and love of it—just like when we were kids. In addition to her truly mesmerizing playing, Elisabeth stands out as a natural educator. She’s the co-founder of Atlanta’s Urban Youth Harp Ensemble and teaches in the ASO Talent Development Program, to name just a few of her educational posts. At our own Young People’s Concerts, I always appreciate how deftly and warmly she connects with the youngest among our audience—a special gift in and of itself.

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