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MET ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS

 

Chelsea Knox, Principal Flute

Hannah Cope, Principal Harp

Thursday, April 10, 2025

7.30 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

 

Chelsea Knox is the principal flutist of the MET Orchestra. A sought-after performer, Ms. Knox has held positions as assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony and principal Flute of the New Haven and Princeton Symphonies. She has been hailed by the New York Times for her warmth, precision, and clarity, as well as by the New York Classical Review for her “expressive life and full tone.”

An active orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Knox has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and IRIS Orchestra. Additionally, she was a member of the acclaimed woodwind trio, ETA3, managed by Manhattan Music Ensemble.

As a soloist, Ms. Knox has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Manchester Symphony, Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and Connecticut Youth Symphony. She has won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artists Competition and the Hartford Symphony Young Artists Competition.

Ms. Knox earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City as a student of Jeffrey Khaner. A native of Litchfield, CT, she received her early training at the Hartt School of Music, where she studied with Greig Shearer. In her spare time she is an active visual artist and her work has been displayed in galleries in New York and Connecticut.

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Hannah Cope is Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She was previously Principal Harp of the Sarasota Orchestra. She has appeared with many ensembles in New England including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic among others. Recent career highlights include a guest artist feature with Boston Chamber Music Society and performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Hannah spent many years in the harp competition circuit and took home first prizes at the American Harp Society National Competition, the Lyon and Healy Awards, the Grandjany Memorial Competition, and most recently took 2me Prix at the 2022 Concours International de Harpe Félix Godefroid in Belgium. She has also won fellowship positions at summer orchestra festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Marrowstone Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. 

Hannah grew up in Salt Lake City, UT where she studied harp with Kimberly Dunford and ShruDeLi Ownbey. She earned a B.M. from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with Dr. Nicole Brady, and obtained an M.M. and a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Jessica Zhou of Boston Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and their two beloved cats, Hobbes and Zeus. When she’s not on her harp bench, she loves hiking, trying new recipes, and playing Mario Kart.

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