The 21st International Harp Contest in Israel
1 September – 14 October 2021
The International Harp Contest in Israel returns to the stage!
It is time to acknowledge the new Israeli work for the 21st Harp Contest.
After the success of the 20th Contest that took place in 2018 in Acre, the 21st Harp Contest will return to Acre, to the magnificent Knights’ Halls in Old Acre (Akko), a city declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
“Suite for Harp” by Avner Dorman is the commissioned Israeli work for the 21st Contest. The Propes Prize is granted for the best performance of this piece.
The First Prize, a Lyon & Healy Gold Concert Grand Harp, valued at US$ 55,000 donated by the Salvi Foundation following the good tradition since the First Contest in 1959.
Looking forward to greeting you all in Israel, in October 2021!
The 21st International Harp Contest in Israel will take place in the magnificent Knights’ Halls in Old Acre (Akko), a city declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and most famous for the co-existence between its Jewish and Arab citizens.
The International Harp Contest in Israel, so closely identified with King David, was the first competition ever in the world to be-held for this instrument. The Contest was initiated in 1959 by A.Z. Propes and is most privileged and honored to have Maestro Zubin Mehta as its Honorary President.
The Music Committee of the International Harp Contest in Israel, as well as its Musical Director Ms. Julia Rovinsky, the principal harpists of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, are all volunteer their services, talent, and time for the success of the Contest.
The Contest is encouraging original compositions for the harp. It commissions an Israeli work for each contest to which the Propes Prize is granted.
This year the commissioned work is “Suite for Harp” by Avner Dorman.
Since 1959, the Contest in Israel has taken place every three years. A Gala Festive Concert will open the 21st Contest on 4 October 2021. Harpist Lenka Petrovic from Serbia, 1st Prize Winner of the 20th Contest in 2018, will be the soloist at this Festive Opening Concert.
A maximum of 36 contestants, under the age of 36, of all nationalities, will be accepted by the Contest’s Selection Committee to participate at the First Stage. The Contest lasts for about two weeks and is held in four stages. Of the original 36 contestants, 18 will pass to Stage II; 6 will pass to the Semi-Finals and 3 to the Finals. The Final stage, the Closing Concert, will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021, with a Symphony Orchestra.
The First Prize, a Lyon & Healy Gold Concert Grand Harp, valued at US$ 55,000 is traditionally donated by the Salvi Foundation.
The Contest is sponsored by the Culture and Arts Administration at the Ministry of Culture & Sport, the City of Akko, the Old Acre Development Company Ltd, Salvi Foundation, Lyon & Healy – leading harp manufacturers in the world – and foundations and individuals in Israel and abroad.
For more information:
The International Harp Contest in Israel
16 Hanaziv Street, Tel Aviv 67018, Israel
Tel 972-3-6041808 Fax 972-3-6041688