Nadia Pessoa is an award-winning harpist with more than 25 years of experience providing elegant music for weddings, receptions, and private events. As one of the most sought-after harpists in Washington DC, she has performed at the U.S. Capitol, State Department, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
As part of her commitment to her clients, Nadia will personally work with you on selecting music that is unique, meaningful, and memorable. She takes great pride in handling each event with creative and thoughtful attention and can provide elegant music to accommodate any size of event and budget. One of her unique talents is arranging non-classical songs for the harp, so if you have a pop, jazz, or alternative request, ask away!
Nadia is a regular at VIP events throughout D.C., including the pre-State of the Union Address reception at the State Department and the 2013 Inaugural Staff Ball at the Convention Center, where she performed onstage with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. She has also been the featured harpist at Ford's Theatre's Gala at the U.S. Capitol, the Shakespeare Theatre's Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala, the Horatio Alger Association Awards, and the Smithsonian Campaign's Gala at the National Portrait Gallery.
She served as the harpist for the White House Christmas Party in 2006.
Nadia also regularly performs as an orchestral harpist with the National Philharmonic, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, Manassas Ballet Theatre, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. She can be heard on the 2005 Grammy award-winning recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" under Leonard Slatkin.
A few of the notable guests she has performed for include: First Lady Michelle Obama, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Condoleezza Rice, Gen. Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas, Gary Sinise, Matthew Morrison from "Glee," Coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, musical group "The Civil Wars," Chef José Andrés, Joshua Bell, and Michelle Kwan.
Nadia holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and has been on the faculties of Louisiana State University, the Washington Conservatory of Music, and Howard University.
Whether it's an intimate gathering or a large-scale event, Nadia can provide elegant harp music that will elevate and transform your occasion. Her artistry and unique attention to detail ensures that your music will be in the hands of an experienced, trusted professional.