Kristal Schwartz Barlaan is a professional harpist with over a twenty years of performing and teaching achievements.
She is a native of Santa Clara Valley who is in demand for solo performances, recordings, ensembles, teaching, weddings, private parties, afternoon teas, or any special event.
As a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Masters in Performance with Honors, as well as a Bachelors of Music Performance from Thomas Edison University, she studied with principal harpists of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory, and San Jose State.
Clients appreciate Kristal’s attention to detail and her ability to bring out each client’s personality in her selected repertoire. Kristal enjoys those engagements where she is able to provide an extraordinary atmosphere that is conducive to conversation, companionship, and memorable moments for those in attendance.
“When I was three I was first exposed to the harp while attending a party. Although it sounds funny, I knew then I was supposed to play the harp!” Kristal recalls. Her parents thought it might be a passing fancy, but Kristal’s persistence eventually brought about harp lessons and her very own harp.
Although Kristal enjoys using her musical skills in many venues, she is particularly drawn to small, intimate occasions. These circumstances allow her to see the effect that her music has on her listeners as it transforms stress into tranquility – hurriedness into serenity.
What part does she feel she plays in Life Events? “It is important to understand what the clients are looking to communicate during their event. That is why I spend a lot of time interviewing the client, seeking to find out what sort of mood and atmosphere they are trying to create. Events, although blessed occasions, have a tendency to produce stress. I feel my role is to anticipate this and perform my music so as to reduce the normal tensions and provide a context in which this meaningful moment is able to be enjoyed without distraction.”
Consider booking Kristal for your next special event.