Kerstin Allvin


Presle: Le Jarden Mouilé Pour Harpe

Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions throughout her career as a concert harpist and has performed across the U.S. from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie to the historic Carmel Mission in California.  She has frequented Japan, performing solo concerts at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Nogi City Hall, and for Detroit/Toyota City’s Sister City Association.  She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Performance Certificate from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and has done post-graduate studies with Jaqueline Borot, Honorary Professor of the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music.

Miss Allvin was guest Principal Harpist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on their latest European tour.  She has created and administered several groups, including the Larson/Allvin Duo (flute and harp) the Arianna Harp Duo (two harps) and the Woodland Trio (flute, harp and viola), touring the US, Europe, Japan, Canada and North Africa.  Last summer she was a guest artist of the city of Préfaille, France teaching master classes in harp performance, and breathing techniques and yoga to music students from around the world. She also performed concerts for the World Music Festival in Préfaille.  She was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the Detroit Music Awards and is President of High Heel Records, Inc., producing and recording digital music for Internet and CD release nationally.  Her latest CD entitled, “An Affair of the Harp,” contains the solo and chamber music of composer James Hartway receiving Detroit Music Award’s “Outstanding Classical Recording” in 2005.  She has recorded on the NAXOS label and in June 2009 her recording of “La Jardin Mouille” for the POLYMNIE label was voted the top #1 piece broadcast by Radio Classique France for 4 consecutive weeks.

Kerstin performs in the jazz medium as well, releasing a compact disc of original material entitled “Origins” on JBX Records, securing a national position of number five in the Jazz/New Age category in “JAZZIZ” magazine.  She is a member of “Jazz at the Shamrock Shore,” an ensemble headed by Detroit’s award winning tenor saxophonist, Christopher Collins. She has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Oleta Adams and R. Kelly and performed with Josh Groben, Natalie Cole, The Three Tenors and many others.

Kerstin Allvin has received her Registered Yoga Teacher certification from National Yoga Alliance and has given lectures in breathing techniques, body awareness and yoga to creative arts majors in universities and high schools throughout Metro Detroit.  She teaches harp at Oakland University and the Cranbrook Educational Community.

  • Yoga Class Schedule

    Basic Yoga Class: Tuesdays, 7:45–8:45 p.m.
    Yoga Planet
    3062 Walton Blvd.
    Rochester Hills, MI 48309

    Slow Flow 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 a.m.
    Ashtanga Yoga: Fridays, 7:30 a.m.
    Fit For Life Yoga: Fridays, 9:00–10:15 a.m.

    Oakland University Recreation Center
    2200 N. Squirrel Road
    Rochester, MI 48309

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  • Random Quote

    Allvin projected beautifully the work’s rapidly shifting harmonies and intricate finger work. She excelled at capturing the fleeting melodic pattern of the music.

    — The Flint Journal