Ingrid Bauer


Acclaimed New Zealand harpist Ingrid Bauer is making her mark on the classical music scene with her lyrical and colourful interpretations of both standard and new repertoire. Recent invitations include the 2014 Huntington Estate Music Festival, where Ingrid shared the stage with Emma Matthews (sop.), Geoffrey Collins (fl.), and the Amaryllis Quartet, among others.

A former student of Alice Giles, Judy Loman, and Carolyn Mills, Ingrid was described as a “fantastic new find” by Carl Vine (AO), Musica Viva Australia’s artistic director. Ms. Giles ranks her as “undoubtedly one of the best harpists of her generation in Australasia”.

As a soloist, Ingrid has performed with the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Bay of Plenty Symphonia, the Kapiti Concert Orchestra, and the Wellington Youth Orchestra. She was a quarterfinalist in the 2nd Dutch Harp Competition, and an invited participant in the 2009 ARD International Music Competition. Ingrid has also given solo recitals across Australasia.

The start of 2011 saw the release of Ingrid’s first solo CD, Dreambird, which she launched with a solo tour of NZ’s North Island. This disc is available on the Master Performers label.



Ingrid has a commitment to showcasing work by New Zealand composers. The title piece on her CD was written specifically for her by young New Zealand composer Tabea Squire. Ingrid performed this piece, and gave the Australian première of Ross Harris’s Rilke Songs, at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney. She also has a passion for chamber music, and has played in a wide variety of small ensembles, including with Australian jazz legend James Morrison at the 2009 Noosa Long Weekend Festival.

Ingrid is a founding member of the Australian harp septet SHE. SHE opened the 2014 World Harp Congress, and also performed in the Beijing TV Spring Gala in 2013, at the 2010 Camden Haven Music Festival, and at the 2006 American Harp Society Conference. It released its debut CD, Bolmimerie, in 2010.

Ingrid is an accomplished orchestral musician, and plays casually in the New Zealand, Adelaide, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras; Orchestra Wellington; and Dunedin’s Southern Sinfonia, among others.

She also holds a Masters degree in Philosophy, and so can discuss, at some length, how you know that this could have been printed in a different font.