Harpist Margot Krimmel brings creative musicianship to her work as a performer, teacher, composer, and freelancer in the Boulder area. As a solo performer, Krimmel has won diverse awards ranging from first place in jazz (Pop and Jazzfest; Tucson, AZ), first place in traditional music (Scottish Highland Festival; Estes Park), and third place in composition for Celtic harp (Rencontres Harpe Celtique, Dinan, France). She has recently co-produced two CDs, Live at the Black Rose Acoustic Society with her duo, Gadbaw & Krimmel and Next Sunday at Conor's a group effort with the Boulder Irish Session She is currently working on a CD of original solo works for voice and harp.
Krimmel’s Irish music duo, with singer/percussionist Beth Gadbaw, has performed across the United States and United Kingdom and has three CDs. One of their originals, The Donkey and the Doves, has been chosen by Colorado Public Radio listeners as one of their top-50 favorite holiday carols for four years running. The duo was awarded a 2014 artistic residency at Caribou Ranch by Boulder County and premiered new pieces commissioned by the acclaimed Seattle choir Cora Voce in 2016.
A native of Denver, Krimmel sang and played guitar in swing bands before taking up the harp. She began her harp career entertaining guests six nights a week at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail, Colorado before moving to Boulder and expanding into teaching and composing. She teaches folk and pedal harp to more than 25 youth and adult students, combining elements of Suzuki and Orff pedagogy with her own passion and inspiration.