Daria Sarraf is a Southern-California-based professional harpist, who earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music and Dornsife School of Arts, Letters and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). She was awarded the merit-based Olive Juliet Hedges Endowed Music Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude from USC. Daria began her musical studies at the age of four with the piano, studying under Nilou Sarraf, Dr. Susan Boettger, and Pamela Worcester. She then began her harp studies a few years later, and studied under Dr. Tomoko Sato and JoAnn Turovsky.
Since then, Daria has found her calling as a professional harpist and has played extensively throughout the Southern California region. As an orchestral harpist, Daria has performed under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, Carl St. Clair, Daniel Hege, and Larry Rachleff. Daria has performed concertos such as Claude Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane at Segerstrom Hall and Newman Hall. She attended the Music Academy of the West festival as principal harpist and attended this festival of eight weeks under the “2010 Mericos Foundation Endowed Full Scholarship.”
In supplement to her education and experience as a Los-Angeles-based professional harpist, Daria is a recording harpist for film and television. She can be seen and heard in several shows and movies over the years. She was the featured on-screen harpist for seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the television show “GLEE” (Fox). She has also performed as a harpist on the television show “Modern Family” (ABC) and "Fresh Off the Boat" for live-featured recordings, and the television show "Feud". Additionally, she performed as the onscreen harpist for a Warner Brother's film, “Gangster Squad”. She has also been featured on the band Capital Cities' music video and short for their song “Kangaroo Court.” Daria has recently performed with several groups throughout Los Angeles, such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pasadena Symphony, and Pasadena POPS.