Lisa Spurlock Gilmore is ranked among the foremost harpists in the country as a national award winner, soloist, and recording artist. She has been awarded four national titles as 1st place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, Grandjany Division (1997); 3rd place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, Intermediate II Division (1999); recipient of the Anne Adams Awards National Competition (2002); and 4th place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, in the highest division, Young Professional (2007).
An active freelance harpist for over 20 years, Lisa has performed for hundreds of weddings, parties, and social events including the Kentucky Derby’s annual Derby Ball, corporate parties for companies such as Brown-Forman, University of Louisville, Yum! Brands, and Hilliard Lyons, as well as a private performance for the First Lady, Laura Bush.
Lisa has made numerous concert appearances with the Louisville Chorus and performed with members of the Louisville Orchestra. She has made two professional CD and audio cassette recordings accompanying the Louisville Chorus and released her first solo album “All I Want is a Harp for Christmas” in 2004, which includes arrangements of well-known Christmas music she transcribed for the harp. Lisa has also appeared many times as a special guest performer for WUOL 90.5 FM Lunchtime Classics series and Louisville MetroTV.
Lisa began studying music on the piano and violin at age two. She received much of her early musical training from her parents who are both professional musicians and members of the Juilliard alumni. At age eight, she began studying harp under the instruction of Linda Wood Rollo. The following year, at age nine, Lisa received a full scholarship to study at the Summer Harp Masterclass at Indiana University with Distinguished Professor of Music, Susann McDonald. By age twelve, she was taking weekly lessons at the Indiana University School of Music pre-college program with Ann Yeung, (current professor of harp at the University of Illinois), and Assistant Professor of Harp, Ela Szmyt. Lisa later enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at Indiana University under the instruction of Susann McDonald— founder of the USA International Harp Competition, former professor at The Juilliard School, and world-renowned harpist and teacher. During her time at Indiana University, Lisa also had the privilege of studying with Naokio Yoshino (internationally acclaimed harpist and recording artist), Jana Bouskova (professor of harp at the Prague Conservatory), Sebastian Lipman (professor of harp at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia), and Isabelle Perrin (professor of harp at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music of London).
Lisa currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, son, and cat where she performs regularly as a harpist for special events, radio and television programs, weddings, and formal concerts. Lisa also directs the Louisville Harp Academy which offers private harp lessons for students of all ages and skill levels, beginner through advanced.