Kevin Holsinger is one of the many people who fell in love with the sound of the folk harp as an adult. Since being introduced to the instrument in 1996, he has performed in venues ranging from churches to mansions to campfire circles. He has toured Scandinavia twice (and may do so again in 2013) as part of the Harpa ensemble. Most frequently performing at Celtic Faires near his home in northern California with the Harpers Hall Ensemble, he has also taught and performed at the Somerset West, Somerset, and Big Sky Folk Harp conferences as half of the Bronzewood Paedeia harp and handbell duo. He was in charge of all the workshops and concerts at the successful HarpCon 2000 folk harp conference in Monterey, California, and has coordinated many local retreats, workshops, and concerts.
Kevin composes and arranges much of the music he plays. Several of his own compositions appear in two self-published books, one for lever harp and the other for the chromatic cross-strung harp. His arrangements have appeared in Harpers Hall Ensemble books and the Folk Harp Journal.
His first solo recording was two measures of "oom-pah" on one track of the first Harpers Hall CD in 1996. He and Bronzewood Paedeia partner Michele Sharik released their "Sampler" CD and he appears on Michele's "Chimera" album. Kevin performed solo or in a small ensemble on the "Outstanding in Our Field" and "Harpers Holiday" releases by Harpers Hall and "Back to the Old Country" by Harpa. As a recording engineer, he specializes in on-site recording. He has recorded and produced CDs for several harpists and handbell soloists and ensembles and is currently the recording engineer for the California Pops Orchestra.
Kevin's first instrument was the saxophone, which he played in jazz, marching, and concert bands from junior high through high school. Kevin's knowledge of the harp comes from attending workshops by many leaders on the instrument, by taking private lessons, and taking college courses in music theory. His recent studies with Cheryl Ann Fulton and her "Touch and Tone" technique have resulted in significantly more relaxed and fluid playing.
When not doing music, Kevin keeps busy with gardening, ice skating, and managing software and electronics design for lasers at Spectra-Physics (a division of Newport Corporation).