Pia Salvia

Belgian harpist and singer Pia Salvia is a strong voice in the world of modern harp. Currently based in New York City, she has travelled the world, learning different musical traditions and infusing elements from those diverse genres into the world of the harp. This collage creates a unique sound unlike anything heard before. Salvia is also one of the few harpists who incorporate electronic elements into their art – elements such as the use of a loop station and different kinds of effects. The repertoire for this concert is consisted of original compositions by Salvia and different arrangements, merging elements of Jazz, Pop and World music.

Pia Salvia is a professional harpist/vocalist raised in Belgium, currently based in New York City.

Salvia started playing the harp at the early age of 6 – she had been classically trained and later on decided to dedicate her life to changing the function of the harp in music. Salvia is one of the first artists to incorporate the classical harp in various styles of music outside of the classic tradition alongside using loop station and a live band. She composes, arranges and performs original compositions that feature the harp in different settings and styles of music (Pop, Jazz, World Music,…).

Throughout her career, Salvia has won numerous music competitions, such as the National Competition of Belgium Dexia “Axion Classic” in November 2008 (1st prize), the competition Ufam in Paris in 2000 (class honors) and 2006 (the first medal), and the competition Felix Godefroid in 2003 (1st prize)—to name a few.

Salvia has released her first solo cd (harp and vocals) in March 2010, and is currently working on her new record that will come out next year. Additionally, Salvia has worked with her duo HADA (harp, vocals and percussion) since 2009, with which she won first prize in the Francophone Imagine Competition, performed in prestigious venues and festivals such as the Wapi Jazz Night, Gaume Jazz Festival and recorded an album.

During this time, Salvia moved to Cuba for a few months to study the local musical tradition and culture, a trip that has changed her perspective on music and led her to further experiment with the harp.
Salvia has studied voice and harp in Belgium, France, Holland, Norway and the United States. She began studying at the Music Academy International of Nancy in September 2010. During this time she participated in several programs of the famous French channel TF1, formed her new band “Satyameva” with which she performed in many venues and recorded an album. She also formed a duo project, “Takk Two”, that performed in the Wapi Jazz Night in Belgium.

Salvia graduated with the highest distinction from the Music Academy International of Nancy.
Right after graduation, in 2011, Pia was invited to perform for the Festival Esperanzah and the Tournai Jazz Festival in Belgium, as well as in the show «Lorraine de chœur, 2000 choristes: La folle histoire des comédies musicales » at Galaxie d’Amnéville in France as a harpist and singer-soloist alongside several famous French artists. She was also invited to perform for the Festival Esperanzah as well as the Tournai Jazz Festival, in Belgium.

In 2012, Salvia was selected to participate in the famous TV show: “The Voice” in France, and made it to the top 20.

Later on, Salvia began her studies in Berklee College of Music with a major
scholarship, from which she graduated in May 2017. During her time in Boston, Salvia has further developed her style and began new collaborations. She spent a semester in Valencia, studying Spanish
music, and travelled to Brazil and Colombia to learn about Brazilian music and the Colombian harp tradition. Following this visit, Salvia was invited back to Colombia to perform and give master classes at the “Second International Harp Festival” in Bogota (Colombia).

Salvia has performed in the United States in prestigious venues and festivals, such as the Boston Harp Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center and many more. After graduating from Berklee, Salvia has been performing and giving workshops in Poland, Nepal, Belgium and the United States with her solo project and with “Coquelicot”, a trio of harp, vocals and percussion. She was also invited to perform at the Festival Internacional d’Arpa de Sentmenat in Spain, in June 2018 and will be performing in September 2018 at the Festival Mundial del Arpa in Paraguay.

Nowadays Pia Salvia lives in New York, performing with music from her upcoming album. She also gives master classes for harpists touching upon new ways of approaching the harp in the modern musical world.