Part-time Professor - Harp
Lauded for her “exquisite playing” by The Ottawa Citizen, Michelle Gott is an award-winning and versatile harpist active in Canada and the United States. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Gott has played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. She has performed extensively for productions on Broadway, including The Producers and The Fantastiks and for artists such as Diana Krall and Olivia Newton-John. Ms. Gott has been a featured soloist at the National Arts Centre and the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, and with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic String Quartet, and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra as winner of the 2009 Juilliard Concerto Competition. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has twice been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland under the direction of Pierre Boulez. A winner of numerous national competitions, Ms. Gott is also a recipient of Juilliard’s Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in the Arts as well as the Richard F. French grant for her doctoral dissertation research on the music of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. She is currently on faculty at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches harp and coaches chamber music. She is also the director of harp ensembles for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Originally from Las Vegas, Ms. Gott began her harp studies at the age of four with her late mother, Caryn Wunderlich-Gott. She then went on to study with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School where she completed three degrees (BM, MM, DMA).