Professor of Music, Chair of the Harp Department, andDirector of the Harp Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A native of Poland, she has made appearances on Polish radio and television, and has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in Europe, Canada, Japan, and the United States. She has been a featured soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the Cracow Philharmonic, Czech Radio Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. She has performed and given lectures for World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Prague, and Dublin. Her solo CD, Rhapsody, was released on the DUX label. She has served as a judge for Harp Competitions in USA, Poland, Japan, Hong Kong and Mexico.
Szmyt began her musical training at the age of 11 on piano and then began to study harp with Alina Baranowska, while attending the J. Elsner School of Music. She continued her training at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music
in Warsaw. In 1987, she simultaneously earned two master’s degrees, one from the Academy of Music and the other in clinical psychology from Warsaw University. She subsequently received a scholarship to study under Susann McDonald, Distinguished Professor of Harp at Indiana University.
Upon earning her Artist Diploma in 1991, Szmyt was appointed to the
faculty of the Jacobs School of Music. Szmyt regularly conducts performing
master classes and workshops in Poland and throughout the United States.
In 2012, she established the Summer Harp Academy in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, a week-long program designed to develop versatile harpists. In 2016, Elzbieta created ESSE (Elzbieta Szmyt Studio Editions) publishing
company. ESSE has since released 20 titles of Szmyt’s arrangements and
transcriptions for solo harp.