Bio Jennifer Newth

Jennifer Newth is a 23-year-old harpist, based in Wellington, who graduated from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance with First Class Honours, studying the harp with Carolyn Mills. Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performace in 2013 at the age of nineteen, and was subsequently awarded the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize, presented to the top student proceeding to post graduate study and was also included in the 2013 Dean's list for academic excellence.

During 2015 Jennifer was a student in the NZSO Fellowship Programme.

Jennifer started making and selling jewellery at craft markets at the age of seven to save up for a harp. After eighteen months she bought her first harp - a 29-string Heather lever harp made by Keith Harrison, and began harp lessons with Lesley Collier. Jennifer went on to study with her current teacher, Carolyn Mills, Principal Harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO)at the age of eleven.

Jennifer became a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra at the age of 14, and was Co-Principal Harp in 2010. She was selected as one of three participants in a master-class given by Karen Vaughan of the London Symphony Orchestra, at the 2011 World Harp Congress in Vancouver and also the 2014 Sydney World Harp Congress master-class given by Heidi Lehwalder. Jennifer was a finalist in the New Zealand School of Music's 2012 and 2014 Concerto Competition, performing the New Zealand work Karohirohi by Dame Gillian Whitehead (2012) and the Ginestera Harp Concerto (2014) and won the performance prize at the 2014 NZSM Composers Competition.

Jennifer has played in many orchestras around New Zealand, including Vector Wellington Orchestra (now Orchestra Wellington) and Southern Sinfonia, since the age the age of sixteen. She has also performed in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and, in 2012 and 2013, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and the Auckland Philharmonia in 2015. Concert highlights include performing in the small backing orchestra for George Benson's Wellington concert, performing as Principal Harp in the New Zealand premiere of John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, performing as Principal Harp in the Wellington season of RNZB's Sleeping Beauty, all with Vector Wellington Orchestra, performing with the NZSO on their Mahler 7 tour in 2013 and as guest soloist, with the NZSM Orchestra, performing the the Ginastera Harp Concerto.
NZSM Composers Competition, 2014
Jennifer received the performer's prize for her performance of Kenyon Shankie's The Pacemaker.