Lani Krantz is a versatile BC Based Harpist and Vocalist who performs both as orchestral harpist, chamber musician and as vocalist/harpist on pedal harp and celtic harp.
As a third-generation professional musician, Lani was exposed to a number of instruments and musical styles from an early age. Though born in Alberta, Lani spent her high school years in Victoria BC where she studied Voice with Ms. Sung Ha Shin Bovey (Associate Professor UPEI), Piano with Dr. Gilbert Monroe and Harp in the studio of Ms. Taka Kling. Lani was actively involved in choir and vocal jazz groups and was a member of the BC Honour Choir. Lani went on to study music at the University of British Columbia, majoring in harp performance with Ms. Elizabeth Volpe-Bligh (Principal Harp, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and including some private studies with Ms. Rita Costanzi. Her studies in orchestral harp continued at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado with Ms. Stacey Shames, Ms. Katherine Thomas and Ms. Nancy Allen and then in Toronto with the National Youth Orchestra and Canadian harp virtuoso, Ms. Judy Loman.
Lani is currently Principal Harpist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, an extra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and performs on call with orchestras including; the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. Lani’s duo; Wind’nwire, with Vancouver-based flutist and long-time friend, Carol Dymond, has performed across BC, including a performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore. In 2019, Lani performed as soloist with the Vancouver Island Symphony on William Alwyn’s beautiful Lyra Angelica for string orchestra and harp.She is a member of the acclaimed group touring group, Winter Harp and has toured across Canada with both the National Youth Orchestra and with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance harpist, Lani has taken the stage with many famous performers, such as; Il Divo, Josh Groban, Paul Potts, Sarah McLachlan and Johnny Mathis.
Lani collaborates with Erhu Specialist, Rong Jun and composer/ conductor, Jin Zhang to perform traditional Chinese Songs set for Western Harp and Erhu. Rong Jun and Lani have performed a number of concerts together and were showcased at the Sound of Dragon Festival, Vancouver and at the Opening Gala Concert of the World Harp Congress.
She accompanies actress/singer, Appollonia Vanova’s on her CD, Lullabies and her playing can be heard on the soundtracks for the Disney films; Space Buddies and Super Buddies and at the Canadian tourist attraction; Fly over Canada.
Lani is a Harp Instructor at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. She holds a TESOL Teaching Diploma as well as a TEYL Certification (teaching ESL to children age 4-14) and worked with English language learners from 2001-2016 both as a teacher and as student services manager. Lani is currently studying Early Years Education at the University of British Columbia.
In 2016, Lani added ‘Mom’ to her list of titles and is enjoying watching her little boy start on his own musical journey!