Michelle Velvin is a Wellington based harpist, composer and teacher. She has a special interest in writing harp music and performing New Zealand compositions.
Michelle recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in harp performance, with distinction, at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music, under Carolyn Mills. Michelle completed a Bmus in Classical Performance and Instrumental/vocal composition in 2014. In July 2016, Michelle was accepted to attend the Catrin Finch Harp Academy in Cardiff, Wales, where she performed in masterclasses with both Catrin Finch and Elinor Bennett. In 2015 she was the winner of the NZ Performance Harp Competition and she created the Wellington Harp Orchestra, which she directs. Michelle has performed with the NZSO, the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Wellington Youth Orchestra and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Michelle had her composition for harp ensemble Under Watchful Eyes, performed at the week long Auckland Harpenz festival. She was also recorded for New Zealand Singer/Songwriter Dudley Benson’s new album, Zealandia. Michelle is also one half of the violin/harp Duo ‘VAARP’, with violinist Laura Barton and one half of the NZ Harp Duo, with Jennifer Newth.