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Contributors of the 14th International Harp Festival in the Royal Palace of Gödöllő
Andrea Vigh
In 2013 Andrea Vigh became a rector at the Liszt Academy of Music. She recorded ten solo CDs, all released on the Capriccio and Hungaroton label to great critical acclaim. Following the release of her "Harp Concertos" CD, she received an invitation to the "Die Beste" programme of German state television "ZDF" in 1994. Ms Vigh gave several successful solo concerts in the sold-out Great Hall of the Academy of Music in Budapest, and frequently appears in the concert halls of Hungary and Europe both as a solo artist and a chamber musician. Between 1993-1996 she regularly played with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, including concerts in Berlin and Paris as well as at the Salzburg Festival, and New York's Carnegie Hall. Several TV-recordings have been made of her playing. During the Budapest Spring Festival 2003 she gave an orchestral concert, conducted by Zoltán Kocsis.
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In 2005, in the Winter Festive Evenings, she performed with Éva Marton and Ilona Tokody in the Palace of Arts. In 2006 she made a DVD recording of Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp with Béla Drahos and the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra (Hungaroton). Ms Vigh is the founder and artistic leader of the Gödöllö International Harp Festival, launched in 1999. She is a jury member of the Wales, Arles, Belgrade, Szeged and Gödöllö harp competitions. In 2010 she participated in a very successful tour in Japan. In 2012 she gave a solo recital in Brussels and held a master class at the Brussels Academy of Music.

 



Nikolaz Cadoret
Born in Brittany, Nikolaz Cadoret is a musician with a multiple identity: he started studying the Celtic Harp with renowned harpists Dominig Bouchaud, Katrien Delavier and Janet Harbison but is also a graduate in Pedal Harp from the Zürich Musik Hochschule and studied with prof. Evelyne Gaspart, Catherine Michel and Xavier de Maistre. Prize winner of several prestigious international competitions (Reinl Stiftung, Bloomington, etc.), he worked as solo harpist over Europe, held the solo harp position at the Komische Oper Berlin, and collaborated with world class orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Toronto Symphony Orchestra or Opernhaus Zürich. He simultaneously works on improvisation and trans-arts projects with Collectif Polop, and also with the flute player Jérémie Mignotte in Meteoros. With his electric harp duet Duo Descofar (with Alice Soria-Cadoret) he renews the Celtic Harp repertoire in the show Finis Terrae. Since January 2013 he has been teaching the harp at the Brest Conservatoire (Brittany). He offers a music at a crossing of his inspirations: a deeply Celtic-rooted playing, coloured by all those encounters in the other musical fields, from classical music to improvisation, without restraint.


Éva Maros
Éva Maros has been a solo harpist of the Hungarian Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra since 1974. She began her harp studies at the Conservatory in Budapest with Henrik Rohmann and then continued with Hédy Lubik at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. She studied chamber music from György Kurtág and András Mihály. She has appeared as a soloist in Hungary and abroad with numerous orchestras, such as the Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Concentus Hungaricus, the Budapest Strings, the Tátrai Chamber Orchestra and the Erkel Chamber Orchestra. Frigyes Hidas dedicated his Harp Concerto to Eva Maros, and so did István Láng, who dedicated his Harp-Clarinet double concerto to her. Among her recordings are pieces from the repertoire of the solo harp, chamber music and concertos with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra. She regularly gives concerts with the trumpet artist György Geiger. Many contemporary Hungarian composers have written pieces for them, such as György Ránki, Frigyes Hidas, Miklós Maros, Pál Rózsa. Their programme was released on CD by Hungarton Classic. In 1995 Éva Maros was awarded the Liszt Prize.


Marielle Nordmann
Many excellent performers can make music. Some can even make their instrument sing. But only a few use it to speak and say things that matter. Marielle Nordmann is one of these. When she was 10 she met the legendary harpist Lily Laskine, a meeting that was to determine her choice of instrument and career. She is recognised and admired as a soloist throughout the world, and plays with the greatest performers: Baschmet, Duchable, Fontanarosa, Pahud, and has been the privileged partner of Laskine and Rampal. She is guest soloist with the greatest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Colón (Buenos Aires), the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), under great conductors such as Janowski, Menuhin... In 2008 she gave the world premiere of the Concerto in C minor by Elias Parish-Alvars (1847) in Israel, with the Israel Sinfonietta conducted by Avi Ostrowsky. She was co-founder of the Journées Internationales de la Harpe in Arles, and of the Lily Laskine International Harp competition in Paris. From 1989 to 1999 she taught in Argentina, where she created the first national harp competition. The richness of her personality, her sense of humour, her vitality and her human warmth make her a grande dame. The power and fullness of the sounds she produces, combined with exceptional musicianship and great sensitivity of timing, put her in the special ranks of great performers.

 



Emmanuel Ceysson
Emmanuel Ceysson was born in 1984 in Oulins, France. He attended the Conservatoire National de Region de Lyon, where he studied harp with Jacqueline Defoulounoux and Christophe Truant. He received a Diplome de Formation Superieure (First Prize in Harp) from the Conservatoire in 2005, where he studied with Isabelle Moretti. In 2005 Mr. Ceysson made his debut at Wigmore Hall. That same year, Mr. Ceysson made his Paris recital. He has appeared in recital and at festivals throughout Europe, including the World Harp Congress in Geneva (2002), the Journees de la Harpe in Arles (2000, 2002 and 2003), and the 6th European Harp Symposium in Lyon (2004). He has performed as soloist with the Orchestre de Basse-Normandie and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France. Mr. Ceysson won First Prize in the 2006 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and in November 2006 gave his debut recitals in New York at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. His Chicago debut at Lyon & Healy Hall was sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation. Winner of the prestigious 2009 ARD Music Competition in Munich, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson appeared as soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra. He won the Gold Medal of the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington. He currently holds the post of Principal Harp of the Paris Opera Orchestra. Emannuel Ceysson’s debut CD, Divertissements a la francaise, was released in 2005 on Egan Records. He had his recital debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus and with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester in Berlin.


Anastasia Razvalyaeva
Anastasia Razvalyaeva was born in 1986 in Russia, a daughter of a harpist mother and a marine geophysicist father. In 1993 her family moved to Hungary. Anastasia began learning the harp at the age of seven, with her mother, Natalia Gorbunova. One year later she continued her studies with Melinda Felletar at the Ferenc Liszt Music Conservatory of Szeged. In 2011 Anastasia gained a Master’s Degree at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, where she had been studying with Andrea Vigh. In 1999 Anastasia got 2nd prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Arles, and won first prize in 2009 at the 14th International Competition of Young Musicians “Petar Konjovi ” in Belgrade. Anastasia has followed masterclasses with renowned international harpists like Xavier de Maistre, Marie Pierre Langlamet, Ion Ivan Roncea, David Watkins, Milda Agazarian, Jana Bouškova, Marielle Nordmann, Maria Graf, Elinor Bennett, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Willy Postma, Erika Waardenburg. In 2010 she won an audition to a special program for talented musicians at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. In 2011 she received the Junior Prima Award. She is now a teaching assistant and doctoral student (DLA) at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.


Catrin Finch
Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin Finch has delighted audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five she studied with Elinor Bennett for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. In 1999, she won first prize at the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France. On winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Catrin went on to play in over thirty states in the USA, including recitals and concerto debuts in New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields at the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Catrin also made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in June 2006. 2009 saw Catrin’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations released by Deutsche Grammophon. 2009 also saw the opening of The 'Catrin Finch Centre' in Wrexham. Catrin has recorded for most of the major international recording companies, including Universal Records, EMI and Sony Classical, both solo and with notable artists such as Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber. She has received honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music. She is a visiting professor at the latter two musical institutions.


   

 

Guest contributors of the International Harp Festival since 1999


 
Belmondo, Letizia
In February 2001, Letizia Belmondo won the First Prize and the “Esther Herlitz” Special Prize for the best performance of a contemporary piece in the 14th International Harp Contest in Israel.
Since making her international debut at the age of fourteen with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, she has won an impressive number of competitions and awards, including the Victor Salvi Competition in 1995, the Società Umanitaria in 1998, the Rovere d’Oro in 1997, the Martine Geliot Prize in the Lille Harp Competition in 1999, the Franz Schubert Competition in 1999, and the International Harp Competition in Lausanne in 2000.
Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in London, she has performed to great acclaim throughout Europe and the United States.
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In 2002 she recorded her first solo CD (Harp Recital) for “Egan records”. In January 2006 she recorded with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra the Harp Concertos of Glière and Zabel and the Mozart Piano Concerto n. 6, KV238, transcribed for harp.
After her debut as soloist with “Mozart” Orchestra in Italy, she has been called by Maestro Claudio Abbado for the recording of Mozart's flute and harp Concerto with Deutsche Grammophone in June 2008.
Since June 2005 she has been the First Harpist at the Opéra Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels. She has worked with conductors such as M. Wung Chung, K. Ono, M. Benini, A. Fisher, C. Rizzi, R. Frühbeck de Burgos and since 2008 she has been invited to play with the Luzern Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.
From 2006 to 2008 she was teaching assistant of M. Fabrice Pierre at the CNSMD in Lyon (France) and in 2011 she started to teach at the “Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne” (Switzerland).
She is regularly invited for Master Classes in Europe and in the USA and as Jury Member in several International Harp Competitions such as the International Harp Competition in Israel and the “Lily Laskine” Competition in Paris. Letizia was born in Turin in 1981 and began studying the harp at the age of eight at the Suzuki Talent Center in Turin. She continued her studies on the harp at the Conservatoire G. Verdi in Turin with Gabriella Bosio and, thanks to a De Sono Scholarship, at the CNSMD of Lyon, France, with Fabrice Pierre (where she graduated with honours in 2002) and at the Juilliard School, New York, with Nancy Allen. She also had the chance to follow master classes and study with Mrs Judith Liber.
Her musical formation was completed by the study of the cello, which started at the age of 5 and continued with Antonio Mosca at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Turin until 1999.


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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.
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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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Castaneda, Edmar
Edmar Castaneda was born in 1978, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has quite literally taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp — revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category”. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Edmar has been characterized as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times).
The legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Edmar’s frequent collaborator, has remarked:
Edmar is…an enormous talent, he has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.
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Not unlike his fellow rarified musicians that have transformed their lives and immediate circumstances through art, Edmar’s journey traces back to humble and altogether inspiring beginnings. The son of a musician and a mother who nurtured young Edmar’s obvious natural talents, he embraced the noble folkloric traditions of his native land. The “joropo” dance classes which he and his sister regularly attended became for him a master class in movement, accompanied by the harp. Even now, on stages across the globe, one notes how Edmar’s body seemingly engulfs his Colombian harp as he crafts almost unbelievable feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances rivaling the most celebrated flamenco guitarist’s efforts.
In the beginning I learned to play traditional folk music…I play “el arpa llanera” a Colombian folk harp. “El arpa llanera”…means harp from the plains.
(E. Castaneda)
Edmar’s new disc, Entre Cuerdas, has caught the attention of reviewers and his burgeoning legion of fans. This new recording, which features Marshall Gilkes (trombone) and Dave Silliman (drums, percussion) as well as special guests Joe Locke (vibes), John Scofield (guitar), Andrea Tierra (vocals) and Samuel Torres (cajon), is his second as a leader, and also marks his ArtistShare debut.
…it’s hard to imagine the Colombian musician has much contemporary competition. That the harp sounds so natural in this context makes you wonder why so few have thought to utilize this many-stringed instrument as a viable lead instrument…”Jesus de Nazareth”…is all Castaneda, an expression of regality that’s warm and tingly but appropriately spiritual, too.
Jeff Tamarkin, JazzTimes
It is a gift of God, playing the harp. There is one track on the album called “Jesus de Nazareth”. I want to touch the hearts of people with the love of God.
(E. Castaneda)


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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.
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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).
 
   
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.
 
   
Finch, Catrin
Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin Finch has delighted audiences  with her performances in the UK and  worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five she studied with Elinor  Bennett for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin graduated from the  Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received  the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. In 1999, she won  first prize at the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France.  On winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Catrin  went on to play in over thirty states in the USA, including recitals and  concerto debuts in New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Catrin is the  former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. She has appeared with  many of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the  Philharmonia, the Academy of St  Martin in the Fields at the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart  Festival, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Catrin also made her debut at  the Salzburg Festival in June 2006. 2009 saw Catrin’s recording of J.S. Bach’s  Goldberg Variations released by Deutsche Grammophon. 2009 also saw the opening  of The 'Catrin Finch Centre' in Wrexham. Catrin has recorded for most of the  major international recording companies, including Universal Records, EMI and  Sony Classical, both solo and with notable artists such as Sir James Galway and  Julian Lloyd-Webber. She has received honours from the Royal Welsh College  of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music. She is a visiting  professor at the latter two musical institutions.


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.
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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
Born in Munich, Maria Graf started her early musical education based on the rich tradition of Bavarian folk music before joining the Musikhochschule of her native city. Subsequently she studied with Ursula Lentrodt in Munich and Pierre Jamet in Paris. Mrs. Graf was awarded numerous prestigious distinctions and was subsequently invited to perform in almost every European country and Japan. Meanwhile she belongs to the very top of internationally renowned harpists. Her broad repertoire includes the full range of original music written for her instrument from the 17th century Spanish music, the preclassical and classical concertos up to the virtuosic romantic masterworks and especially the great compositions of the famous French impressionists. Mrs. Graf also received the highest acclaim for her interpretations of contemporary music by Gubaidolina, Takemitsu, Lutoslawsky, Henze, Denissow, Yun and other major composers.
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Her numerous appearances as a soloist include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Salzburg Festival and the Berliner Festwochen. As chamber music player, Maria Graf is regularly collaborating with Irena Grafenauer, Giora Freidman, Eduard Brunner, Tabea Zimmermann, Gérard Caussé, the Cherubini and the Rosamunde Quartet. Her wide experience as orchestra musician dates from her time as principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan and the Munich Philharmonic under Sergiu Celibidache. In 1988, Maria Graf was appointed professor of the Hamburg Academy of Music, in 1997 she was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin. Among the various gramophone recordings, her solo recital on Philips should be mentioned first. It is entirely dedicated to French music and has received unanimous critical acclaim. John Duarte, expert critic of "The Gramophone" wrote: "Simply the best harp playing I have heard in a very long time!" Other recordings for the Philips label include music by Bach, the Mozart concerto with Irena Grafenauer and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner and a Duet Album for flute and harp ( also with Mrs. Grafenauer) containing French romantic music. For EMI, Orfeo and Koch-Schwann Mrs. Graf has recorded an album with Reichardt Lieder (featuring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), the Lutoslawsky Double Concerto ( with Eduard Brunner ) and Nachtlieder by Matthus (with Fisher-Dieskau and the Cherubini Quartet). Her second solo recital album was recently released by RCA and a recording of Isang Yun's chamber music works for the harp and other instruments is to come out in the near future. For the German TV she has recorded several video productions such as a one-hour special featuring her and her instrument, a Christmas concert with James Galway and a solo programme filmed in the historic Schloß Friedrichsfelde (near Berlin).

 
   
Ivanova, Varvara
Varvara Ivanova was born in 1987 into a family of musicians in Moscow. She graduated from the Preparatory of Moscow Conservatory and the Music College named after F. Chopin. A child prodigy, she had her first major performance of Handel’s “Concerto for Harp and Orchestra B-dur” at the age of seven at the Big Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra. At the age of five Varvara was awarded Diploma and special Prize of great Russian harpist Vera Dulova at the International Competition “Junior Ensembles in Art” (Moscow). She has been awarded major prizes in numerous harp competitions, including the Prize of the International Competiton “Piccoli Mozart” (Monte Carlo), 1997, Prize of the President of Russia, 1997, First Prize at the Lily Laskine Harp Competition (junior division, Deauville), 1999, First Prize at the Vera Dulova Harp Competition in Russia, 2002. In November 2003 Ms Ivanova won first prize at the prestigious International Harp Contest in Israel.
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She has also been awarded a highly-coveted scholarship from the Rostropovich Music Fund. She has arranged several keyboard classics to the harp, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, a prelude from Bach’s "Well-Tempered Clavier," a Brahms intermezzo and Chopin’s "Fantaisie Impromptu".
"She is an outstanding harpist and is already able to perform in all the world demonstrating precise knowledge of her instrument and enormous talent" (Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich). "Ivanova demonstrated that she is a born virtuoso. Her sensitivity, beauty of sound and musicality captured a near-capacity audience… one of the very few harpists who can simultaneously awe and charm." (Edward Johnson, renowned English critic – of her debut performance at Wigmore Hall with London Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Geoffrey Simon).


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Krushevskaya, Maria
Maria Krushevskaya was born in Moscow into a music family. She started playing the harp at the age of seven at the Moscow’s Gnessin’s Special Music School, where she studied with professor Milda Agazarian. She won the second prize at the 2002 Lily Laskine International Harp Competition and in 2007 she won the first prize at the USA International Harp Competition. Ms.Krushevskaya has charmed audiences as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Russia, Europe, and the USA. Maria Krushevskaya has appeared as a soloist at the Gargiles International Harp Festival, the Moscow Open Harp Festivals, at “Kristupo Festivalis” in Vilnius, at XIX Central European Music Festival in Slovakia, and she was also invited to perform solo recitals in London, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Maria gave a number of national premiers of harp compositions in addition to the world premier of Mozart’s Piano Concerto №12 K-414 in A major, which took place at the Sixth Moscow Open Harp Festival in 2005 (arranged  for harp and orchestra by Skaila Kanga). Ms. Krushevskaya records regularly for TV and radio programs. She has received scholarships from the “International Spivakov Fund”, the “Russian Performing Arts” Fund, and the “Mstislav Rostropovich Fund.” In 2006 Maria Krushevskaya recorded her first CD. Since November 2007 she has been working with the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra. In June 2008 Maria Krushevskaya graduated from Russian Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow with the highest grades and now she is a post-graduated student of the Academy.


   
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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
For further inforamations about Ion Ivan Roncea visit: http://ionivanroncea.ro
 
   
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  (Prof. Blovsky-Miller, Diploma with Highest Honours, 1990) Monika Stadler began  her study of jazz harp. A series of scholarships awards enabled her  to study in the USA  with acclaimed jazz harpist D. Henson-Conant, jazz bassist D. Clark, and cellist  D. 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 (Seattle, 1996), at the 7th World  Harp Congress (Prague, 1999), and at the 4th  European Harp Symposium (Italy,  1998).
 
Currently, Monika Stadler lives in Vienna, and tours throughout Europe,  Israel, Morocco, Algeria, the USA, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and Austria mainly as  a soloist, but also with various duos and other line ups performing mostly her  own compositions which are recorded on her 7 CD´s. She has been acclaimed as one  of the most creative and interesting solo harpists today. Her programme is  beyond clichés and consists mainly her own compositions; compositions and  improvisations, which are rooted in classical, latin jazz, world & folk and  elements of free improvisation. In her own words: “My music is very personal, an  expression of my soul and my spirituality. It´s source comes from the socalled  female principle, the connectedness with nature, the rhythms of life, the  experience of inner and outer moods and in  silence.”


   
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).
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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.
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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 contributors of the International Harp Festival since 1999

 
   
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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Farkas Mira
She was born in 1991 in Budapest. She grew up in a family of musicians. She started her musical studies in the Conservatory of Józsefváros at the age of six majoring in piano. From 2005 she studied at the Bartók Béla Secondary School of Music, Faculty of harp. Her teachers were Erzsébet Devescovi then Judit Batta. She has been a student of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music since 2009, her teacher here is Andrea Vigh. In 2006 she was third in the Béla Bartók Chamber Music Competition, in 2009 she came second in the National Harp Competition, and recorded a CD with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 she performed at the Wales International Harp Festival, in the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, in Strasbourg and in Bordeaux. The year 2011 saw her in the final in Novi Sad at the International Harp Competition, performed at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, at the Italian Institute and in the Thalia Theatre. In 2011 she had a recital accompanied by the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra and made her first solo CD recording with László Nyári (violin). Between 2009 and 2012 she has played with Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Zoltán Kocsis, Ádám Fischer and Kálmán Berkes.

 


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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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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
 
   
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  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.