Colette Avital, Chairperson
The 19th International Harp Contest in Israel is taking place, for the first time this year, in the spectacular Old city of Acre (AKKO). A city on the shores of the Mediterranean, rich in history and culture, it is a meeting place between east and west, old and new. It is a city where Jews, Moslems, Christians and Baha’i live together in harmony. It preserves its medieval Crusaders halls and forts next to Moslem monuments and shrines
And just like the city – our competition blends ancient and new traditions: an ancient instrument known in the past as the “lyre” on which, according to our sources, none other than King David played; and a modern competition, created in 1959, which has already become a tradition.
This is a competition we take pride in: since its inception it has retained its excellence and has remained one of the most prestigious contests in the world. During the 56 years of its existence, over 600 contestants have participated in our contest, some of whom have become world renowned harpists.
This year too, we are happy to greet in Israel 27 contestants from 15 countries; and we are honored to have an important International Jury headed by Professor Susann McDonald.
We are most grateful to the City of Acre and to its generous Mayor for hosting us; to the Ministry Of Culture and Sports for its continued support; and to our generous donors.
Our thanks go to our energetic and innovative Musical Director, Mme Florence Sitruk and to our Musical Committee.; to the members of our Jury who honor us with their presence and their competence; to our Executive Committee, to our staff and to our many volunteers.
“Lyon and Healy” have been our partners all along and have provided the harps for this as well as for past competitions. They deserve our gratitude.
We are looking forward to a great musical experience and wish our contestants much success