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International Harp Festival 2008

Artistic leader: Andrea Vigh

 
   
Boušková, Jana
Jana Boušková has to her credit some truly remarkable artistic triumphs, a record which has turned her to a much sought-after harpist and a regular guest of the world´s foremost concert platforms, appearing both as a soloist and as the partner of musicians like Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Patrick Gallois, Janne Thomsen, Jiří Bárta and others. After studiing at the Prague Conservatory and Ostrava University she pursued her education with Professor Susan McDonald, at Indiana University in the U.S.A. She has accumulated many major competition achievements, including awards from the world´s two most prestigious harp contests: in 1992, gold medal at the International Harp Competition U.S.A.; and second prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel. Besides that, she is likewise the winner of the 1998 edition of Paris´ Concours International de Musique de Chambre, and holder of the 1999 Harpa Award of Switzerland, for her exceptional achievement as a concert artist and her outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art of harp interpretation. Jana Boušková features permanently, both as a soloist and as a member of various chamber music ensembles, on the programmes of leading concert halls and music festivals in her home country and internationally (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York; Gewandhaus in Leipzig; Symphony Center in Chicago; Théâtre de la Ville in Paris; Berlin Philharmonic Hall; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; Rudolfinum in Prague; as well as the Prague Spring; Berliner Festtage). As a soloist, she works with a number of orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. She has taken part in a long list of international harp congresses and symposia, and receives numerous invitations to teach at master classes. Since 1993 a professor of the Prague Conservatory, she was made artistic director of the 7th World Harp Congress in 1999. Most recently, in 2002, she has accepted an invitation to teach at Indiana University in the U.S.A.
Jana Boušková has made over two dozen CD recordings for both Czech and international record labels, as well as an extensive catalogue of titles for various radio and television companies.

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Cambreling, Frédérique
Frédérique CAMBRELING studied music in Paris, where Pierre Jamet’s teaching particularly influenced her. After obtaining two Premiers Prix at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1976, and winning three major international prizes : Paris (1976), Israel (1976) and Marie Antoinette Cazala (1977), she held the position of principal harp at the Orchestre National de France from 1977 to 1985.
She currently divides her musical career between her activities as a soloist and the Ensemble InterContemporain, which she joined in 1993. In the last few years, Frédérique Cambreling has been guest soloist with ensembles such as the Orchestre Pilharmonique de Radio-France, the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Phlharmonic Orchestra, which have led her to cover a repertoire that includes the majority of the works written for her instrument. Her eclecticism also enables her to participate in numerous music Festivals in France and abroad.
Frédérique Cambreling has made recordings as a soloist conducted by Georges Pretre, Kent Nagano, Emmanuel Krivine, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and Pierre Boulez, as well as recordings of works by Michael Obst, Ivan Fedele, Ton-That Tiet…
As well as continuing her successful career, Frédérique Cambreling also teaches at Musikene (Higher School of Music of the Basque Country).
 
   
Dhubhghaill, Aine Ni
Aine Ni Dhubhghaill has won first place at all major harp competitions in Ireland. Her performer’s carrier has included first performances of contemporary pieces for harp, she has featured in the music for numerous films, TV programmes and CDs. She plays in the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. She has toured throughout Europe and the USA both performing and teaching at harp workshops. She currently teaches in Dublin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
 
   
Dooley, Paul
Paul Dooley is one of the very few Irish people who play the Irish harp in its historical form and style - using a metal-strung harp, playing with the fingernails and damping unwanted string resonance with the fingertips.
Paul studied the construction of medieval Irish harps in Dublin during the early 1980s and has built several harps. He started his performing career on the metal-strung harp in 1986 and has appeared on numerous CD recordings and television soundtracks. His repertoire consists mostly of traditional Irish dance music, including jigs and reels, some of which he has learned from recordings and printed music but mostly learned from other musicians: pipers, flute players and fiddlers. This music proves a real challenge for any type of harp and consequently hasn't been explored very much on the instrument. Paul has also spent the past ten years working on the Robert ap Huw manuscript, the oldest collection of harp music in existence.
 
   
Francois, Jakez
Jakez FRANCOIS comes from a family of Breton musicians, and a friend of the family, the well-known Breton harpist Alan Stivell, introduced him to the Celtic harp. Jakez studied classical music at the Conservatories of Nantes and Tours, before moving to Boulogne, where he won first prize in the harp class. He studied under Mmes Catherine de Preissac, Marileine Bouchaud, Isabelle Perrin and Annie Fontaine and had the opportunity of advice from Gérard Devos and Catherine Michel. These different teachers and the many contacts he has subsequently been able to make with notable harpists and instructors resulted in his developing a technique that has evolved from the various schools of harp playing with which he has been involved.
Alongside his studies of the classical harp, he has specialised in the Celtic harp, for which he has been awarded numerous prizes among them the World Harp Trophy for the Celtic harp, the first prizes in festivals at Kan Ar Bobl and Dinan. Jakez is both a composer and an improviser. He takes an active part in workshops for improvisation on the harp, as well as in the European training courses in Harp Improvisation in Lyon, France. He has won many awards for both composition and improvisation, and has already been awarded Commande d’État for the composition of a work for solo harp.
For the last 10 years, however, Jakez has been involved with harps in a quite different way, for he is now commercial director of Camac Production. His training as a harpist, together with his collaboration with Joël Garnier, from whose experience he benefits, has made him a particularly knowledgeable spokesman among harpists and their pupils.
Jakez François has toured extensively with his jazz-harp trio (electric harp, bass and drums). He was guest artist at the VIth World Harp Congress in Seattle (USA), at the VIIth World Harp Congress in Prague (Czech Republic), and the following harp events throughout the world :
Spanish International Harp Competition 1996 and 1999, Harp Festival in Martinique, French West Indies, Dutch National Harp Competition, Doorn, Autumn Harp Festival in Maubeuge, Harp Days in Namur, Belgium, First Harp Days in Warsaw, Poland, Harp Days in Bennebroek, Holland, Cardiff Harp Festival, Wales, Soka Harp Festival, Japan, Harp Days, Madrid, USA International Harp Competition, Bloomington, Harp days in Schwabach, Germany, Journées de la Harpe, Arles, Harp Festival in Rorschach, Switzerland. Caernarfon Harp Festival, Wales, Festival de harpe de Gargilesse.

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Graf, Maria
Alongside his studies of the classical harp, he has specialised in the Celtic harp, for which he has been awarded numerous prizes among them the World Harp Trophy for the Celtic harp, the first prizes in festivals at Kan Ar Bobl and Dinan. Jakez is both a composer and an improviser. He takes an active part in workshops for improvisation on the harp, as well as in the European training courses in Harp Improvisation in Lyon, France. He has won many awards for both composition and improvisation, and has already been awarded Commande d’État for the composition of a work for solo harp.
For the last 10 years, however, Jakez has been involved with harps in a quite different way, for he is now commercial director of Camac Production. His training as a harpist, together with his collaboration with Joël Garnier, from whose experience he benefits, has made him a particularly knowledgeable spokesman among harpists and their pupils.
Jakez François has toured extensively with his jazz-harp trio (electric harp, bass and drums). He was guest artist at the VIth World Harp Congress in Seattle (USA), at the VIIth World Harp Congress in Prague (Czech Republic), and the following harp events throughout the world :
Spanish International Harp Competition 1996 and 1999, Harp Festival in Martinique, French West Indies, Dutch National Harp Competition, Doorn, Autumn Harp Festival in Maubeuge, Harp Days in Namur, Belgium, First Harp Days in Warsaw, Poland, Harp Days in Bennebroek, Holland, Cardiff Harp Festival, Wales, Soka Harp Festival, Japan, Harp Days, Madrid, USA International Harp Competition, Bloomington, Harp days in Schwabach, Germany, Journées de la Harpe, Arles, Harp Festival in Rorschach, Switzerland. Caernarfon Harp Festival, Wales, Festival de harpe de Gargilesse.
 
   
Ivanova, Varvara
Alongside his studies of the classical harp, he has specialised in the Celtic harp, for which he has been awarded numerous prizes among them the World Harp Trophy for the Celtic harp, the first prizes in festivals at Kan Ar Bobl and Dinan. Jakez is both a composer and an improviser. He takes an active part in workshops for improvisation on the harp, as well as in the European training courses in Harp Improvisation in Lyon, France. He has won many awards for both composition and improvisation, and has already been awarded Commande d’État for the composition of a work for solo harp.
For the last 10 years, however, Jakez has been involved with harps in a quite different way, for he is now commercial director of Camac Production. His training as a harpist, together with his collaboration with Joël Garnier, from whose experience he benefits, has made him a particularly knowledgeable spokesman among harpists and their pupils.
Jakez François has toured extensively with his jazz-harp trio (electric harp, bass and drums). He was guest artist at the VIth World Harp Congress in Seattle (USA), at the VIIth World Harp Congress in Prague (Czech Republic), and the following harp events throughout the world :
Spanish International Harp Competition 1996 and 1999, Harp Festival in Martinique, French West Indies, Dutch National Harp Competition, Doorn, Autumn Harp Festival in Maubeuge, Harp Days in Namur, Belgium, First Harp Days in Warsaw, Poland, Harp Days in Bennebroek, Holland, Cardiff Harp Festival, Wales, Soka Harp Festival, Japan, Harp Days, Madrid, USA International Harp Competition, Bloomington, Harp days in Schwabach, Germany, Journées de la Harpe, Arles, Harp Festival in Rorschach, Switzerland. Caernarfon Harp Festival, Wales, Festival de harpe de Gargilesse.

 

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Langlamet, Marie-Pierre
Marie-Pierre Langlamet was born in Grenoble (France) in 1967, and received her first musical instruction at the Nice Conservatoire. She studied harp with Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche, and attended masterclasses with Lily Laskine and Jacqueline Borot. Already in early years she was winning international competitions, such as the 2nd prize (top prize) of the Maria Korchinska competition in the Isle of Man (UK) in 1983, the 1st prize of the Louise Charpentier Competition (Paris) in 1984, and the 2nd prize (top prize) of the CIEM in Geneva in 1986.
At 17 years of age, she became the principal harpist of the Nice Opera Orchestra. A scholarship enabled her to continue her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Soon afterwards, in 1988, she was appointed assistant principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York (chief conductor James Levine), where she worked for five years. During this time she continued pursuing her career as a soloist and chamber musician, and in 1992 won first prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel, a competition that is widely regarded as the most important for the instrument. In 1993 she became principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (chief conductor Claudio Abbado), the position she still holds today.
Marie-Pierre Langlamet has performed as soloist with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Her solo engagements have brought her to perform in such halls as the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Avery Fisher Hall (New York), the Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg), the Philharmonie (Berlin) and many others.
Her recordings include:
·EMI Classics 5 56365 2: Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with Emmanuel Pahud, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. ·Chandos 9395: Meditations, Trio album for flute viola and harp with Maarika Järvi and Paul Cortese. Works from Debussy, Bax, Jolivet. ·Due for release in 2001: a solo album of harp studies, and the Ginastera concerto.

 
   
Lenaerts, Anneleen
Anneleen Lenaerts (Belgium, born 1987) started playing the piano at eight and the harp at nine. She studies the harp with Lieve Robbroeckx at the Academy of Beringen and has participated in master classes with, among others, Susanna Mildonian, David Watkins, Susann McDonald, Isabelle Perrin, Marielle Nordmann, Jana Bouskova.
Three times she won the first prize in the Felix Godefroid Competition in Namur: in 1997 at the lower level, in 2000 at the intermediate level and in 2003 at the highest level. In 1999 she has participated in the Lily Laskine Junior Competition where she was awarded a ‘most promising’ prize. In October 2000 she was the winner in the academy level of the Second Competition of the National Harp Foundation in Brussels.
In the ‘Jong Tenuto’ session (young talent search organized by the Belgian radio) of March 2001 she obtained the ‘Laureaat’ diploma. At the age of fourteen she played the concerto of Dittersdorf with the Youth Orchestra of Limburg and in 2003 she played Tsjaikovski’s ballet ‘casse noisette ‘ with the Russian ballet of St. Petersburg and the opera-orchestra from Lvov with Janusz Przybylski.
In September 2002 she was the winner of the International Harpcompetition in Vresse-sur-Semois (with orchestra). She won first prize on the First International Harp Competition in Gödöllö (Hungary) in October 2003 and in 2004 she was a finalist in the Jozef Reinl Stiftung competition in Vienna.
Very recently she also won a prize in the prestigious USA harpcompetition in Bloomington.
 
Luzzati, Constance
Constance Luzzati trained as both a harpist and musicologist. This background allows her to devote her time to extending the repertoire of the harp through the transcription of early music, with the help of harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss as part of her advanced studies at the National Paris Conservatory, as well as through the exploration of contemporary music (in particular the creation, Tocar for solo harp by Bruno Mantovani in 2006).
After studying at the School of Music in Le Mans, and the Regional Paris Conservatoire, she began her studies at the National Paris Conservatory, where she won five awards : the award for harp, after training with Isabelle Moretti, with unanimously high marks from the jury, as well as awards for musical analysis, music history, musical culture and aesthetics. She then obtained the teaching proficiency certificate in musical culture and continued studying with Germaine Lorenzini, which led her to win several prizes at international competitions, including 1st prize in Wales in 2006, and 1st prize in Szeged in Hungary in 2007. She won the Avant-Scènes competition at the Paris Conservatory in December 2006, then the Adami competition, as well as the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation prize, which enabled her to pursue her studies of the baroque harp at Scuola Civica in Milan with Mara Galassi. Constance performs regular recitals in France and abroad, in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Japan. In 2007 and 2008, she has performed solo in Paris at the Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, the Maison de la Radio and the Petit Palais concert halls, as well as at the European Harp Symposium in Cardiff, the World Congress in Amsterdam, the Folle Journée music festival in Nantes, the DuoDijon hall, at the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre, the Gargilesse harp festival, the Besançon festival, the Kyoto festival and the Flâneries musicales festival in Reims. She has also been broadcast on Radio France, for whom she has recorded several shows and concerts for France Musique.


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Maistre, Xavier de
Xavier de Maistre was born in 1973 and began studying the harp at the age of nine at the local conservatoire in his home town of Toulon. He subsequently went on to perfect his playing with Jacqueline Borot and Catherine Michel in Paris, while at the same time studying politics and economics at the London School of Economics.
Xavier de Maistre won his first international competition in Paris at the age of sixteen. There then followed numerous prizes in all the major international competitions in the world _ Cardiff, Munich, Vienna, Jerasulem. In 1998 he was awarded the 1st prize and two interpretation prizes at the most prestigious harp contest: the USA International Harp Competition ( Bloomington). At the age of twenty two, Xavier de Maistre was appointed solo harpist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich, under their principal conductor Lorin Maazel, and three years later to the coveted position of solo harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoys an active career as a soloist, performing with many prestigious orchestras such as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Luxemburg Philharmonic, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. In mai 2002, he became the first harpist to perform a concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Andre Previn. Xavier de Maistre is particularly keen to widen the established harp repertoire, notably recording works of neglected composers and giving several world premiers of works of Denisov, Bauer, Huyssen and Wengler. As a direct result of his enthusiasm for the recognition and development of his instrument, he has a keen interest in the instruction of the harp, and has recently been nominated Professor at the Hamburg Musik Hochschule. Xavier de Maistre´s recordings can be found by Harmonia Mundi, Obligat and Claves.
 
   
Matejčík, Michal
Michal Matejčík began his professional training at the Žilina and Bratislava Conservatoires with T. Kováč, L. Sawiczová and Z. Töröková then continued at the Vienna Music University with Adelheid Blovsky-Miller and graduated in 2005. Michal Matejčík won first prize at the Slovak Harp Competition in 1998. He attended the master courses of Ion Roncea (Vienna, 2002), Patrizia Tassini (Velenye, 2002), Xavier le Maistre (Sapporo, 2004) and co-operated with the composition class of Michael Jarell (2003). He appeared at several concerts as soloist and chamber musician in Bratislava, Vienna, Japan (the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra). He has also taken part in the programme of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation „Live Music Now“ since 2002.
 
   
Meijer, Lavinia
Lavinia Meijer (1983) received her Master’s Degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory cum laude in 2005. As a harpist with a broad spectrum of interests, she has also followed a jazz course with one of the world’s leading jazz harpists, Park Stickney from the USA. In 2004, her CD “1685” was released, with music by Handel, Bach and Scarlatti, for which she transcribed several Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier. Beginning at a young age, Lavinia won several prizes, including first prize at the Dutch Harp Competition (1997 and 2004), first prize at the Prinses Christina Competition (1997), first prize at the Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland (1996, 1998), second prize at the International Harp Competition in Lausanne (1998), third prize at the International Harp Competition in Lille (1999), first prize at the International Harp Competition in Brussels (2000), third prize at the 14th International Harp Competition in Israel (2001), second prize at the Reinl-Wettbewerb in Vienna (2002) and third prize at the 6th International Harp Competition in the USA (2004), in which she also won the prize for best performance of Visions in Twilight by Garrett Byrnes and of the Harp Concerto in B-flat Major by Handel. In 2005 she was awarded first prize at the Vriendenkrans contest of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2007 she was awarded the Fellowship from the Borletti Buitoni Trust in London. Lavinia has been invited to perform as a soloist in cities across Europe, Asia and the United States and has performed harp concertos with renowned orchestras such as The Hague Philharmonic, The Dutch Radio Symphony, The Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at several festivals such as the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and several World Harp Congresses (Prague, 1999; Geneva, 2002; Dublin, 2005). For the period 2006–2008 she has been invited to perform solo recitals in the international series “Rising Stars”, which will include the cities of Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Athens, Brussels, Luxembourg, Stockholm and New York (Carnegie Hall). In April 2007 she performed a World Premiere of a harp concerto by Carlos Michans with the Radio Chamber Philharmonie (Utrecht).
 
   
Mildonian, Suzanna
Susanna Mildonian was born in Venice of Armenian parents. She studied harp with Margherita Cicognari at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in her native city and with Pierre Jamet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and she was awarded First Price for harp at both. Susanna Mildonian is the only harpist who have ever won a first prize in all three of the major international harp competitions that exist: First Prize at the First International Harp Contest in Israel in 1959, unanimous First Prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva in 1964, and First Prize in the Marcel Tournier Competition in Paris in 1971. At the age of 14 Susanna Mildonian gave her first public concerts in Italy and then after her debut in New York in 1972 throughout the world. She has performed with many leading orchestras such as: the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma, the Concertgebouw-Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the NHK in Tokyo, the Orchestre National de France in Paris, etc… under the direction of outstanding conductors: Raphael Kubelik, Eugen Jochum, Horst Stein, Bruno Maderna, Eduardo Mata, Ephrem Kurtz. She has given recitals in Europe, the United States, Japan, Russia, Korea, Taiwan. Her discography includes most of the repertoire for the harp from Boieldieu to Ginastera and Villa-Lobos. She recorded with solists such as: Maxence Larrieu, Andras Adorjan, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Ruggiero Ricci, for Denon, Decca, Vox, Pavane and she was awarded the coveted “Grand Prix du Disque” in Paris. Her last releases that is published at 1999, are the 4 Sonatas by Louis Spohr with the flutist Maxence Larrieu and the Rio Nino Rota Sonata for flute and harp and Quintetto for harp, flute and strings trio. For more than 31 years Susanna Mildonian was Professor of Harp at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and for the International “Corso Superiore di Esecuzione ed Interpretazione per Arpa” in Venice, and for 10 years she also teached at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. From 11th to 23th august 2003 she is invited to teach at the Mozarteum of Salzburg.
 
   
Moretti, Isabelle
Isabelle Moretti laureate of international competitions in Geneva, Munich, and Israel where she obtained the highest award in 1988, Isabelle Moretti has been invited to perform worldwide at the most prestigious venues and festivals, such as the Alice Tully Hall in New York, Maison de Radio-France in Paris, Evian International Music Festival, Wigmore Hall in London and Soka International Festival in Japan. She is a soloist with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunks, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre National de Lyon, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Israel Symphony Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Varsovia National Philharmonie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and will soon be touring with the Zagreb Soloists. Isabelle Moretti has recorded a total of nine CDs to great critical acclaim. In 2006, Isabelle Moretti is invited to Germany, London, Cardiff, Compiègne (Théâtre Impérial), Québec, Nancy (Salle Poirel), Rennes, Saint-Malô, Polish, Paris, Maison Laffitte, Auvers-sur-Oise… Next autumn will see the release of Philippe Hesant’s CD with the label Triton for which she recorded Choral for harp and cello with Henri Demarquette. Since 1995, Isabelle Moretti has been Professor of Harp at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she graduated with a First Prize.

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Nordmann, Marielle
Marielle Nordmann’s career is of world-wide renown. All musicians know her and that is the indication of her powerful influence. By constantly renewing her musical curiosity, by her craftsman’s sense of achievment and by her presence tinged with both mastery and simplicity, this great artist has always seemed a true artist who gives pure resonance to every thought and deed. Add to this an awareness of the destiny of all music, which has led her to give brilliant performances in prisons and for handicapped children, and we salute with respect her universal mission. Marielle Nordmann is President of several foundations, Artistic Director of the Concours Lily Laskine, and recent founder of the Journée de la Harpe en Arles, and she travels the world without forgetting her pupils. She walks the great musical stage of our time with the smiling beauty of those begins who belong to a magical world – and who we have always believed were unapprochable. (Lucien Guérinel)
A lot of excellent musicians know how to interpret music. Some even know how to sing. Those who know how to use their instrument to communicate and portray essential concepts are, however, rare. Marielle Nordmann is one of those.
Born in France, Marielle Nordmann started playing the piano at the age of 6. At the age of 10 she met the legendary harpist, Lily Laskine, an event that determined her choice of instrument and her career.
She is in life as she is on Patrice Fontanarosa's stage, with whom she has three children, all musicians.
As an internationally recognised and admired soloist she has played with the most talented musicians: L. Laskine, J.P Rampal, F.R Duchable, Y. Baschmet... and in the following orchestras: English Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum de Salzbourg, Solisti Veneti, Franz Liszt Budapest, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Solistes de Moscou, Philarmonic Helsinki, Orquestra Colon Buenos Aires... under the baton of great conductors such as: A. Jordan, M. Corboz, Y. Menuhin, M. Janowski, T. Guschelbauer, J. Neschling, L. Hager, A. Lombard...
In parallel to her brilliant career as an international soloist, Marielle Nordmann has, for several years, produced musical shows in which she likes to combine different art disciplines (mime, dance, comedy), and also plays the role of soloist: "La Musique et l'enfant" (Music and children), "La harpe vous connaissez?"(What do you know about the harp?), "La Harpe Apprivoisée" (The tamed harp) and the musical tale with masks and tap-dancing, "Tempéraments de feu" (Fiery Temperaments) (2005).
She also believes in "music for all, wherever this may be possible" (hospitals, prisons...) Her credo is: Music must, above all, be a source of life and emotions. Her music activity covers as much original works as transcriptions (often composed by herself) and contemporary works: J. Charpentier, J. Francaix, G. Finzi, E Denisov, M. Landowski, E. Rautavaara, L. Petitgirard, P. Hersant
The richness of her personality, her generosity and her human warmth make her a great lady of her time. The strength and fullness of her tone, supported by an exceptional musicality and great accuracy of phrasing, place her in the privileged ranks of great performers. The international reviews acclaim her as one of the greatest harpists of the moment.
   
Roncea, Ion Ivan
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Sikorzak-Olek, Anna
Anna Sikorzak-Olek is a member of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, in addition, she often works for the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra. She has participated many times in various music festivals, such as the Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Young Composers’ Forum, Poznań Musical Spring, Contemporary Polish Music Festival in Wroclaw. She was the first to perform a number of new musical pieces in Poland.
 
   
Stadler, Monika
After completing a rigorous study of classical concert performance at Vienna’s University of Music Monika Stadler began her study of jazz harp. A series of scholarships awards enabled her study in the USA with acclaimed jazz harpist Debora Henson-Conant, jazz bassist David Clark and cellist David Darling. Ms Stadler’s performing career has followed a similar course beginning with positions in the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. She has won several other honours, including two second prizes at jazz harp festivals in the USA. She performed at the 6th World Harp Congress in Seattle 1996, at the 7th World Harp Congress in Prague 1999, and the 4th European Harp Symposium in Italy 1998. Currently Monika Stadler lives in Vienna and is touring through Europe, the USA, Japan and Austria teaching workshops and as a soloist with her duo (harp-percussion) and trio (harp-percussion-tuba), performing her own compositions which are recorded on her 5 CDs. A program beyond cliches: compositions and improvisations which are rooted in classical, latin jazz, world and folk music.
 
   
Verkholantseva, Anna
Born in Moscow in 1973, Anna Verkholantseva entered the Central Music School, where she began her harp studies at a very early age. She then entered the Moscow Conservatoire where she studied with the legendary Vera Dulova. Anna has been a consistent winner at international competitions, beginning with the prestigious First Moscow International Harp Contest in 1997, on which occasion, as first prize-winner, she was awarded a concert harp donated by Salvi / Lyon&Healy.
Anna Verkholantseva has already become an international soloist of distinction. Promoted by the Victor Salvi Foundation, she made her international recital debut at London´s Wigmore Hall in 1998. She plays duos and trios with Yuri Bashmet. During the 2000-2001 season, she formed a very successful duo with violinist Alexander Trostiansky, and, sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation, they gave concerts in London (Covent Garden), Italy (Venice) and the USA (San Francisco, Chicago and also in New York, where they played at Carnegie Hall´s Weill Recital Hall). A wonderful CD of their recital programme was issued by Egan Records in 2001.
Critics have been unanimous in their praise of Anna Verkholantseva´s marvellous technique and her impressive artistry. Before taking up her present post in Austria with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Anna Verkholantseva was, in turn, principal harpist of the Moscow State Orchestra of Cinematography, the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (conductor Alexander Vedernikov) and the orchestra of the Stadttheater in Bielefeld (Germany).
 
   
Watkins, David
While still at school, he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and a finalist in a Daily Mirror Compition for young instrumentalists. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, a French Government Scholarship enabled him to continue his studies in Paris. Returning to London, Solti chose him to play with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It was a ’Golden Age’ which included performances by Callas, Sutherland, Schwarzkopf, Fonteyn and Nureyev. He then became a founder member of the new Welsh National Opera Company under the direction of James Lockhardt and, after a short time with the Royal Philharmonic, joined the London Philharmonic under the batons of Boult, Solti, Haitink and Tennstedt. His solo concerts have taken him all over the world, performing many of the compositions that have been written especially for him. He has also performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc. And appeared as soloist with the London Simfonietta at the London ‘Proms’ with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. Since winning first prize in an International American Competition with his composition ‘Petite Suite’ for Harp, he has written many pieces including the ‘Concertino Pastorale’, which he played with the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, Walter Süsskind conducting. His recording of Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro with the National Philharmonic became a bestseller in the USA, and other highly acclaimed recordings have been issued by RCA, Meridian and Pyramid. For many years, he has been Professor of Harp at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama and has written a ‘Method’ for the harp published by Boosey and Hawkes.
 
   
   
Hungarian Artists:  
   
Aeol Hárfatrió
harpists and is unique in Hungary. Their repertoire includes not only the adaptations of the most beautiful and popular pieces of classical music but original works written for the harp as well. Their aim is to attaract their audiences both to the gems of classical music and to this rare and wonderful instrument.
 
   
Bajtala Emese
Emese Bajtala received her degree at the Music Academy of Budapest in 1997. She has played in the most outstanding Budapest orchestras and performed in several European countries. In 2002 she gave recitals at the Gödöllő International Harp Festival and at the Art Festivals in Zemplén country and at Lake Balaton. Her first CD, entitled Intimate Moments, appeared in 2004, which was followed by her album Strings of the Heart in 2005.
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Felletár Melinda
She was graduating from the Szeged Conservatory, where her teachers were Lajos Huszár (composition), and Richard Weininger (harp). In 1978 she continued her studies at the Tschaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow in the class of Vera Dulova. In 1984-98 Melinda Felletar was solo harpist of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and the National Theater of Szeged. Since 1985 she gave many concerts in Hungary and abroad and she had been invited several times as a soloist to perform the works of Händel, Vivaldi, Damase, Boieldieu, Frank Martin, Debussy, Mozart, Tournier, Weiner Bernstein, Glier, Ginastera, Pierné. From 1998 she is solo harpist of Matav Symphony Orchestra. She is professor of the Szeged Conservatory of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music of Budapest since 1990.
 
   
Gulyás Csilla
Csilla Gulyás received her degree at the Music Academy of Budapest in 2005. Besides giving recitals and playing in concerts of chamber music she has taught at the Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir School for several years and also supervises the teaching practice of the harp trainee teachers of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. Her first album "My Harp" was released in December 2006 under Hungaroton Classic label. Her second album, entitled ’Latin’, was released in the fall of 2007.
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Kocsis Andrea
 
   
Lévai Mária
Mária Lévai graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in 1999. She regularly performs in concerts with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, the MATÁV Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmony Orchestra. The repertoire of her solo and chamber orchestra concerts spans from the Renaissance through works of Bach, Handel and other masters of the Baroque to Romantic and modern harp music. Unusally in Hungary she plays the Renaissance harp, too, which is smaller than the concert harp and has no pedals. Owing to its more slender structure it requires a different technique from the player. Its pleasant soft tone, however, makes it perfectly suitable for the interpretationof Renaissance and Baroque works and Irish melodies. Besides appearing in concert halls she has been invited to perform at different festivals (eg. the Valley of Arts in Kapolcs).
 
   
Magyar Hárfaduó
 
   
Maros Éva
 
   
Nagy Zsófia
Zsófia Nagy studied music at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest under harpist Andrea Vigh and at the Würtzburg Music Academy under Prof. Gisele Herbet, where she is currently doing post-graduate studies. She has widely performed in Germany and Hungary as a chamber musician and as an orchestra member.
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Polónyi Ágnes
Ágnes Polónyi graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest in 2000. Her professor was Andrea Vigh. She has been regulary performing contemporary music as a soloist and chamber musician at the Budapest Spring and Autumn Festival as well as Mini Festival.She has given concerts as a soloist since she was sixteen. Ágnes Polónyi has been regular participant in the Zemplén Festival, the Sziget Festival, and in concerts organised by the Ministry of Culture in Hungary. In 2004 she was invited to the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna. In recent seasons she has given concerts at Liszt Academy and several towns at home and abroad alike. Her performances were recorded and broadcasted by the Hungarian Radio and TV. She has made many CD recordings. In 2001 she received the Fischer Annie Artist Scholarship.
 
   
Sipkay Deborah
 
   
Szilvásy Júlia
 
   
Trió Hárfisszimó
The Trió Hárfisszimó is a chamber music ensemble formed by three young harpists and is unique in Hungary. Their repertoire includes not only the adaptations of the most beautiful and popular pieces of classical music but original works written for the harp as well. Their aim is to attaract their audiences both to the gems of classical music and to this rare and wonderful instrument. The memebers of the trio are the harpist Heleen Vandeputte, who is the representative of the French harp manufacturers Camac in Hungary. Born in Belgium, she graduated from the music teacher training colege in Namur, then she studied with Vigh Andrea in Hungary. Kolarics Kinga Katinka studies at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. Gulyás Csilla received her degree at the Music Academy of Budapest in 2005. Besides giving recitals and playing in concerts of chamber music she has taught at the Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir School for several years and also supervises the teaching practice of the harp trainee teachers of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy.