"A well-balanced program focusing on calmness and warmth, beautifully played"
-David Olds, Whole Note Magazine
"Teresa Suen-Campbell's performance possesses an incredible level of concentration"
-Judy Loman, Professor of Harp, University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music
"Angelic solo renderings of the Albeniz and Granados..."
-Ken Smith, Financial Times.
"A Formidable Technique which shines and stuns"
Teresa Suen-Campbell's first CD was praised “a well-balanced program focusing on calmness and warmth, beautifully played” by renowned Canadian Classical Music Magazine Whole Note’s editor David Olds. Her Canadian debut with Kindred Spirits Orchestra was praised as "possessing an incredible level of concentration” by celebrated Canadian harpist Judy Loman. Her playing was described as "angelic" by the Financial Times and was praised as possessing "a formidable technique which shines and stuns" by the Macao Daily.
An advocate of contemporary music, Teresa has collaborated with many composers and has commissioned two concertos and two solo works for the harp to date. In 2018, she premiered a new harp concerto written for her by Chinese composer Wing-Wah Chan in both Toronto, Canada and Hong Kong, China. She has also performed under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy and has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo, Skaila Kanga and Dame Evelyn Glennie.
As a soloist, Teresa has performed with Toronto Concert Orchestra, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Strings and SAR Philharmonic. She has also been invited to many renowned music festivals and conferences, including the American Harp Society Summer Institute (2015), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (2015), and the Hong Kong Arts Festival (2009).
As an orchestral harpist, she performs with North Bay Symphony, and was the former principal harpist of the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra (2009-2011) and Evanston Symphony Orchestra (2004-2007) respectively. She has also performed with the Scarborough Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Illinois Symphony, among other orchestras in the Chicago area. Her performances were broadcasted on TV and radio stations in Canada, Hong Kong and US. She also released her debut CD album Longing in 2010.
An enthusiastic and dedicated educator, Dr Suen-Campbell’s journal article on commissioning new harp concertos was published by the American Harp Journal. She was appointed as an associate of the harp faculty at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, from 2013-2016. She was an adjunct assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008-2012), and was engaged as harp instructor at Northwestern University and at the University of Chicago respectively.
In recent years, Teresa arranged and performed piano music of Robert Schumann and classical Chinese music for solo harp, the latter of which was critically reviewed by Harp Column Magazine. Dr. Suen-Campbell has also been invited to be an adjudicator for various competitions, including the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival and the First Harp Competition in Hong Kong. Her former students have won top prizes in international competitions held in US, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Macau.
Teresa is the first harpist from China to acquire a Doctor of Music degree in harp performance. She studied at Northwestern University in Chicago with Professor Elizabeth Cifani, former principal harpist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, including the Brevard Music Festival Scholarship and the C.F. Hu Postgraduate Memorial Scholarship. She began her piano lessons at the age of 5, and started studying the harp at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts at the young age of 15. She later graduated with first-class honors in music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Suen-Campbell has been appointed as the President of the Toronto Chapter of American Harp Society since fall 2018. She also serves as the Board of Director at the Oakville Arts Council since 2018.
Teresa is currently residing in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada with her husband and children.