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Bio

Photo: Natalia Michalec 2013

Photo: Natalia Michalec 2013

LINDSAY BUFFINGTON, HARPIST

Background

Originally from Glenwood, Maryland, USA, Lindsay grew up in a music-loving family, listening to music ranging from classical to rock ‘n roll to country, with a heavy dose of American musical show tunes. She studied piano and clarinet from a young age, and first discovered the harp at around age 12 at a summer music camp. Following this chance encounter, she had the opportunity to start learning the harp at age 15, as her high school happened to have a harp that had been donated to the school system. Lindsay began her harp studies with Elaine Bryant of Eldersburg, MD, and after a short period of intensive studies, decided to make her hobby into her profession by pursuing her harp studies at the college level.

Professional training

Lindsay attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she studied harp with Rebecca Anstine Smith, former principal harpist at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Passionate about foreign languages and travel, Lindsay also studied French and Spanish during this time. Following two years of studies at the University, she decided to pursue her dream of studying and living abroad and spent 2005 to 2007 at the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland, studying with the French harpist Chantal Balavoine Mathieu. In the fall of 2007, she returned to the USA and the University of Maryland to finish her Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in December 2007.

Determination to continue her harp studies brought her back to Lausanne in 2008, where she again studied with Ms. Mathieu and completed her Master of Music in Performing Arts at the Conservatory with the highest honors in 2010. In the same year, she moved to Lucerne, Switzerland, and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy program at the Hochschule Luzern – Musik, studying with the Swiss harpist Xenia Schindler. Lindsay received the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy in summer 2012.

Musical Activities

Lindsay is a multi-faceted performer who thrives on playing in diverse musical styles and in different kinds of groups. She enjoys an active freelance career in Switzerland and abroad, and plays regularly as a soloist and with groups including orchestras, chamber groups, choirs and big bands. She has performed with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Walter Orchestra, Swiss Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein, Ensemble Boswil, Ensemble Paul Klee, Stadtmusik Basel, Concertino Basel, The Sparkling Diamonds, Camerata Musica Luzern, Ajay Mathur Band, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchester Spiez, and the Instrumental Ensemble Goldau among others. 

Lindsay is proud to have co-founded two chamber music duos: Deux en Harpe, with the Swiss harpist Céline Gay des Combes, founded in 2008, and Cochlea Duo, flute and harp, with the American flutist Chelsea Czuchra, founded in 2013.

Teaching

Teaching is an important part of Lindsay’s work. She teaches harp at the Musikschule Horw and Musikschule Hochdorf in Kanton Luzern, in addition to being a private harp teacher at the International School of Basel. She has also worked as a substitute teacher for colleagues in music schools throughout Switzerland. Past employers include the Musikschule Stadt Luzern, Musikschule Werdenberg and Musikschule der Region Thun. 

Just for fun

Lindsay also plays the clarinet and tenor saxophone. She enjoys dancing in her free time, especially modern dance, as well as lindy hop, blues, tango, and salsa.

Lindsay plays a Lyon and Healy Style 23 Pedal Harp, and a “Llawenydd” model celtic harp by the Swiss harpmaker Christoph Mani.