Ingrid Bauer started learning the harp at the age of 11, studying with Carolyn Mills (Principal harp, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra). She went on to complete a BMus in Performance Harp at Victoria University of Wellington, and also holds first class Honours from the Australian National University, where she studied with Alice Giles.
In 2009, Ingrid was an invited participant in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, as well as being a semifinalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2005, she won the Wellington Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed Rodrigo’s harp transcription of his Concierto de Aranjuez with the orchestra as her prize. The critics described her performance as ‘lyrical and elegant, with virtuosity, vitality, and tonal colour’. Ingrid has also performed as a soloist with the Kapiti Concert Orchestra.
Ingrid has a longstanding love of chamber music. She is a founding member of SHE (Seven Harp Ensemble). SHE performed at the American Harp Society Conference in San Francisco in 2006, and launched its first CD, Bolmimerie, in April 2010, with a tour of regional NSW. Ingrid has also performed with Australian jazz legend James Morrison. In 2002, Ingrid’s flute/viola/harp trio won the Wellington section of the NZ National Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition, and in 2005, her clarinet/harp duo was one of the winners of the Victoria University of Wellington Duo Competition.
Ingrid has played in many orchestras, including the Tasmanian, Queensland and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She was also principal harp in the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra from 2002 to 2009.
In addition, Ingrid holds a BA(Hons) in Philosophy.