Praised for her “powerful command and nuanced facility”, Violetta Maria Norrie is a harpist, performance artist, and improviser of diverse range and ability. She began playing the harp at the age of 6, after falling in love with the instrument at a Renaissance Faire. Since then she has performed orchestral, solo, and chamber music at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall and Symphony Space. She performs as a member of many ensembles including the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and Opera Theatre of Montclair. Violetta has been featured on The Today Show on NBC, MTV's Silent Library, and the Harmony ad campaign for Emirates Airlines. She is a current faculty member at the Turtle Bay Music School where she founded the harp department.
Violetta has performed at weddings and special events throughout the New York tri-state area at venues including Marina del Rey in the Bronx, Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains, Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, Central Park, The Valley Regency in Clifton, The Chart House in Weehawken, Amanda's in Hoboken, Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove, The Wilshire Grand Hotel, The Manor and Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, The Women's Club of Upper Montclair, The Bethwood in Totowa and La Reggia in Secaucus. She is equally comfortable performing ceremonies in church, parties in private homes, and has also played in-house corporate events.
In addition to her classical repertoire, Violetta is interested in contemporary music, jazz, poetry, performance art, and improvisation. She regularly performs experimental music and improvisations as a solo artist and as a member of DUO for Saxophone and Harp. She is a passionate advocate for those underrepresented in the arts, and seeks to combat their erasure through inclusive programming and the launch of her all-femme New York Concert Series "Venus Flytrap".
Violetta earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Susan Jolles. She spent her junior year studying abroad at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Isabelle Moretti and Sivan Magen and has studied privately with Frances Duffy and Emmanuel Ceysson. She is completing her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music.