Jacinta Dennett is a leading figure in harp performance and teaching in Australia, and her work is recognised for its rare fusion of poetry and physicality.
Her wide range of performance styles include as concerto soloist, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician. She also plays Celtic harp in an Irish band, teams up with an operatic soprano in duo Bliss!, is a Showcase performer aboard a Japanese cruise ship and in a multi award-winning Malthouse Theatre production. In 2014, she performed in the opening act of the World Harp Congress in Sydney.
Media reviews have declared Jacinta’s performance as 'beyond reproach', with one commentator describing her unique gift for creating something tangible from music as 'making architecture through sound'.
Jacinta leads harp pedagogy at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Monash University and facilitates a weekly harp masterclass for students across these institutions. Her teaching style draws upon her background in Steiner education, the Suzuki teaching method, her knowledge of Feldenkrais, eurythmy, flamenco dance, martial arts and her multiple degrees in music, including a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice.
Harp is an instrument of ethereal mysteries, with the harpist’s movement setting the strings to vibrate and handing the music a life of its own. Jacinta describes this interactive experience of playing harp as the sensation of swimming with sound.