Currently the harpist at the Broadway show "Wicked," Laura has performed with the New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony (CT), the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto, Italy, Opera North (N.H.), and the New World Symphony, among others. She also founded Gotham Harp Publishing in 2012.
As a soloist, Laura has performed with the OMNI Ensemble in Brooklyn, Waterbury Symphony (CT), and with the Borromeo String Quartet at the prestigious chamber music series Concerti di Mezzogiorno in Spoleto. She was featured at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City, performing and giving a master class on her transcriptions for harp of J.S. Bach’s Lute Suites. Laura also gave a lecture-recital on this topic at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999 and at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014. Her critical performance editions of Bach's music for the harp are available for purchase from Gotham Harp Publishing.
Laura has recorded Morton Feldman’s Coptic Light with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, and is featured on the Grammy award-winning cast recording of Wicked. Laura also performed on Barbra Streisand’s Grammy-nominated recording Live in Concert 2006 and Ms. Streisand’s DVD The Concerts 2009. Laura can also be heard on Jewel's Christmas album, Let it Snow, Steven Soderbergh's movie The Informant!, starring Matt Damon, and on Broadway-star Stephanie J. Block’s solo recording This Place I Know.
Laura has perfomed with Andrea Bocelli and has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, with Barbra Streisand, the German orchestra Philharmonia Hungarica, the New York City Opera, and with three Broadway shows.
A passionate lover of opera, Laura has had the pleasure of playing in productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Carmen, Wozzeck, Gotterdammerung, Dialogue of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Curlew River (Britten), Rosenkavalier, Salome, Elektra, Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek,) Tales of Hoffman, The Dwarf (Zemlinsky), La Traviata, The Nose (Shostakovich), The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, Il Trittico (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Madama Butterfly and Mark Adamo's 1998 opera, Little Women.
A graduate of Queens College (CUNY), Yale, and the University of Michigan, Laura holds four degrees, three in harp performance and one in music theory. She has studied with Lynne Aspnes, Nancy Allen, Gloria Agostini, Susan Jolles, Mary Brigid Roman, and Elisa Dickon.
Gotham Harp Publishing is a harp music publishing company with an historical emphasis, founded by Laura Sherman in 2012.
The following critical performance editions of Johann Sebastian Bach's Lute Suites, transcribed and edited by Laura Sherman, will be available on June 29, 2012.
- Suite in G Minor, BWV 995
- Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
- Suite in C Minor, BWV 997
- Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in Eb Major, BWV 998
- Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a, transposed to Db Major
- Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a, transposed to Eb Major
The Suites can only be purchased through this website, on the forthcoming GHP Store page, and this summer at the American Harp Society's Conference in New York City. They will be available as separate editions, with extensive notes and commentary particular to each work included. Please sign up for email notification on the Bach "Lute Suites" page, and we will let you know when these editions are ready.
Available June of 2012 will be a solo harp piece written for harpist Gloria Agostini in December 1980 by Torrie Zito, an American composer, pianist, arranger and conductor. Entitled Concert Etude, it is a virtuosic work that is perfect as a recital opener or encore. With subtle, jazz-influenced harmonies and classic harpistic arpeggiations, its effect is fresh and exciting.
A recording of Gloria Agostini performing the work will also be available. Please sign up for email notification on the Zito/Agostini page, and we will let you know when this piece becomes available.
Gotham Harp Publishing is a harp music publishing company featuring quality transcriptions of early music and original works by contemporary composers. Based in New York City, it was founded by Laura Sherman in 2012.
Early Music Editions:
•Bach's complete Cello Suites, transcribed and edited for solo harp by Victoria Drake. Volume I includes Suites 1-3 and Volume 2 includes Suites 4-6. Intermediate to advanced pedal harp.
•Handel's Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 4, No. 6. This transcription by Susan Jolles includes the original bass line of the first 1738 edition, occasional stylistically appropriate enhancements of the melodic content, and an original cadenza in the Baroque style. Intermediate to advanced pedal harp.
•Rameau's Pieces de clavecin, transcribed for harp by Susan Jolles. A collection of five solo pieces by this French Baroque composer, originally written for keyboard. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. Titles are La Triomphante, Les Tourbillons, Les Tendres Plaintes, La Dauphine, and Le Rappel des Oiseaux.
•Selected Prelude & Fugues from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I & II), transcribed for harp by Laura Sherman. A collection of nineteen solo movements by this German Baroque composer, originally written for keyboard. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. Prelude & Fugues include BWV 846, 847, 858, 850, 855, and 872; Preludes only include BWV 848, 851, 853, 854, 857, 862, 866, 867, and 881.
•Critical editions of J.S. Bach's five Lute Suites, transcribed by Laura Sherman. Published as separate editions, each includes critical notes, commentary, and ornament suggestions. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. BWV 995, 996, 997, 998, and 1006a (in two editions, one transposed to Eb Major & one to Db Major).
Contemporary Solo Harp Works:
•A beautiful, intermediate-level, tonal, solo harp piece written in 2011 by the UK composer Stephen Burtonwood. A recording of this will be here soon.
•Concert Etude is a virtuosic solo harp piece with subtle, jazz-influenced harmonies and classic harpistic arpeggiations written by the American composer, arranger and conductor Torrie Zito. This piece is perfect as a recital opener or encore. Written for Gloria Agostini, a recording of her performing this piece will available here soon.
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J.S. Bach: "Preludes & Fugues" from the Well-Tempered ...
Pièces de clavecin (Pieces for harpsichord) by J.P. Rameau
Handel's Concerto in Bb Major, op. 4 no. 6, HWV 294. ...
J.S. Bach: Suite in G Minor, BWV 995, Critical Performance ...
J.S. Bach: Suite in E Minor, BWV 996, Critical Performance ...
J.S. Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in Eb Major, BWV 998, ...