Cellist Olivia J. P. Harris is an artist dedicated to the performance, instruction, and growth of new music. In addition to being an active soloist, she is a founding member of new music and improvisation string trio, forty/sixty. Through her work with forty/sixty and her solo engagements, she has work to use music as a tool to address social and political topics, appearing on series such as Music for Missions in Western Massachusetts. She has performed in concert halls in the US and Europe from Cleveland’s Severance Hall to the Konzerthaus Berlin. Olivia is enthusiastic about collaborating across genres and mediums and has played alongside dancers, visual artists, actors, and singer-songwriters.
Olivia began her studies in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music Prep, holds a Bachelor in Music Performance from The Hartt School and a Professional Performer’s Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Olivia currently resides in Boston, MA where she is completing a Master in Contemporary Music Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying with Rhonda Rider. Her principal instructors include Astrid Schween, Jeffrey Zeigler, Mihai Tetel, Regina Mushabac, and Martha Baldwin.