Ensemble Bio

“Christina Brier and Kathryn Sloat of Lilac 94 aren’t your grandmother’s harpists.” -Star News.


Lilac 94 is a harp duo dedicated to performing new and previously undiscovered music and exploring creative ways of using the harp. Christina and Kate have played their music in all kinds of venues, from schools and retirement homes to Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Hall and the Milwaukee Art Museum. In the summer of 2015 the duo presented a program of twenty-first century works for two harps at the American Harp Society's Summer Institute in Logan, Utah. Most recently, they toured the Midwest performing their program of harp duos by living composers. Christina and Kate began playing together in their first semester as masters students at the Eastman School of Music, and formed Lilac 94 just before their graduation in May 2013. They chose their name to reflect their origins in Rochester, New York – the lilac is the flower of the city, and they have a total of 94 strings between their two harps.