10th Contest 1988 – Isabelle Moretti, France

Isabelle Moretti, First Prize Winner of the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel, is one of the most entrancing harpists in the musical world today. She is a vibrant, lively figure of exceptional talent, bringing inimitable style to her instrument – with generosity, sincerity and dignity.


Crowned with international competition prizes in Geneva, Munich and Israel, Isabelle Moretti is engaged by the world’s greatest concert halls, such as New York’s Alice Tully Hall; London’s Wigmore Hall; Paris’s Auditorium du Louvre, Opéra Comique, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Masion de Radio-France; the Metz Arsenal; and the Folle Journée in Nantes.


Isabelle Moretti has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Bremen Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Stuttgart Kammerorchester, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra de Córdoba, Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTVE, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Warsaw National Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She also toured with the Zagreb soloists. Recently she appeared with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.


Isabelle Moretti’s solo repertoire encompasses eighteenth-century music, up to the most complex contemporary world premieres. In 2006, she gave the world premiere of Philippe Hersant’s harp concerto Le tombeau de Virgile at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, together with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris as part of Paris de la Musique. In the same year she also gave the world premiere of Michèle Reverdy’s harp concerto with the l’Orchestre National de Lille.


Isabelle Moretti particularly likes chamber music, and shares it regularly with her friends Magali Mosnier, François Leleux, Philippe Bernold, Henri Demarquette, and the Ebène, Parisii and Psophos string quartets.


Her rich, varied discography has enjoyed great media success, including a Victoire de la Musique, the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Prix Charles Cros, a Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Dix de Répertoire, and a top rating by Télérama.


In 2012, Isabelle will again perform solo recitals in Germany (including, notably, the world premiere of Cantus II by Thierry Escaich). She will also perform with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, in Geneva with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Ginastera Concerto, at the Festival de St Cosmes, in Paris with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, in Auch with Dame Felicity Lott, and in Toulouse with Magali Mosnier, to name but a few.


An impassioned teacher, Isabelle Moretti gives masterclasses throughout the world, and teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique et de la Danse de Paris (CNSMD). Since 2008, she has also been Visiting Professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music.


Isabelle Moretti is a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.