Charity Kiew is currently pursuing her master’s degree in “Orchestermusiker” at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the studio of Marie-Pierre Langlamet. Prior to this, she graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she studied with Mariko Anraku, Associate Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera. Charity is also a National University of Singapore alumnus, where she completed her bachelor’s degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Gulnara Mashurova, Principal Harpist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation, Charity received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for being the top performing graduate.
Charity freelances actively with orchestras in Berlin, Asia and Singapore. She has played concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Junges Ensemble Berlin, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and the Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin. In Singapore, she was harpist with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in her secondary and junior college years. Now, she freelances regularly with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Collective. In Asia, Charity has performed with the Sun Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam) and the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (China).
Charity has had success in competitions. Most recently, she was part of a Trombone-Harp duo that won the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in the Manhattan School of Music. In addition, she won first prize at the New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s 2016 International Shining Stars Debut Series. Charity also won joint second place (no first awarded) in the Singapore-Malaysia Harp competition in 2010.
Charity has participated in music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival (2015) and the Bowdoin Music Festival (2014).