An internationally recognized soloist, Anaïs Gaudemard quickly stood out in the musical world among the best current harpists. She won the First Prize at the prestigious International Harp Contest in Israel in 2012, and the special award for the best interpretation of The Crown of Ariadne by Murray Schafer. Since then, Anaïs Gaudemard has the […]
Susanna Mildonian, First Prize Winner of the 1st International Harp Contest in Israel was born in Venice in 1940 of Armenian parents. She studied harp with Margherita Cicognari at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatoire in her native city where she obtained the first prize in 1959. In 1962, further studies with Pierre Jamet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris were again rewarded with a first prize.
Lynne Turner, was awarded the First Prize at the Second International Harp Contest in Israel, 1962 – the first American to receive the honour. She had just completed her studies at the Paris Conservatoire in one year. She was awarded the “Premier Prix” with highest honours, “Hors Concours.”
Martine Geliot was born to a family of harpists and studied with Pierre Jamet at the Paris Conservatory, where she won first prize. Martine Geliot was First Prize Winner at the Third International harp Contest in Israel in 1965.
Chantal Mathieu, First Prize Winner of the 4th International Harp Contest in Israel, is a musician and a harpist who’s artistic and human qualities are internationally acknowledged. Originally from the North of France, Chantal Mathieu’s musical gifts were recognized early on and rewarded by numerous prizes: She won the first prize of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris when she was only 14 years old in the class of Jacqueline Borot.
Nancy Allen, First Prize Winner of the 5th International Harp Contest in Israel in 1973 was hailed by the New York Times, as “a major artist” following her New York recital debut in 1975. She joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harpist. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
The Romanian harpist, Ion Ivan-Roncea, First Prize Winner of the 6th International Harp Contest in Israel, 1976, graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest, where he was a pupil of Liana Pasquali. In 1977 and 1979 he studied with professor Pearl Chertok in New York City. Ion Ivan-Roncea is Soloist of the Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic and Professor of harp at the National University of Music in Bucharest.
Emily Mitchell, First Prize winner of the 7th International Harp Contest in Israel in 1979, has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording) In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”
Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. The Australian-born musician first attracted international notice when she won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21.
Being one of the most outstanding harpists in the international platform today, Ms. Yoshino’s solo engagements with the world’s top orchestras have included the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Concentus Musicus Wien among others.
Renowned conductors with whom she has shared the stage include Menuhin, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Mehta, Sinopoli, Harnoncourt, Blomstedt, Dutoit, and Vonk.