21st Contest 2021 – Claudia Lucia Lamanna, Italy

First Prize Winner at The International Harp Contest in Israel 2021, Claudia Lucia
Lamanna is the second Italian to win, after over twenty years, one of the oldest and most
prestigious music competitions in the world. Her “vibrant energy” (Harp Column),
“interpretative maturity” and “solid personality” (La Voce di Mantova), together with a
“natural virtuosity” (La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno), make her one of the most thrilling
soloists of the new generation.

She is also prize winner in over 30 international competitions in United Kingdom, Italy,
Thailand, USA, France, Germany and Sweden. Claudia regularly gives solo concerts
around the world and, as a soloist, she toured in many venues, as Oslo Opera House,
Salle Colonne in Paris, Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade, Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall in
Cardiff, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Sala Baldini in Rome, Norrköping Concert Hall, Sheung
Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, Tlaqná Cultural Center in Xalapa, House of Arts in
Košice, Art and Culture Hall in Bangkok, and she was invited to perform in several
Festivals, such as Classic’Antibes, World Harp Congress, International Harp Festival in
Belgrade, Barletta Piano Festival, California Harp Festival, Pratté International Harp
Festival, Harp on Wight International Festival, Proms at St Jude’s Festival, Thailand
International Harp Festival, Wales International Harp Festival, Ancenis International Harp
Festival, among others. As soloist with orchestra, she played with the Orchestre National
de Cannes, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, the
Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali, the Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari and many

In 2020, Claudia Lamanna released her debut album Claudia Lucia Lamanna – Royal
Academy of Music Bicentenary Series with the record label Linn Records, making a harp
recital built around the leitmotiv of variation, and it’s now available on all digital
platforms. In the same year, she published the transcription for harp of the Variaciones
del Fandango español by Félix Máximo López, which represents a totally new addition
to the harp repertoire.

After her Master’s Degree with top honors at the Conservatorio di Musica “Nino Rota” of
Monopoli (Italy), she continued her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo,
where she achieved the Artist Diploma, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London,
where she obtained the Advanced Diploma in Performance and where she was the only
harpist to be selected to join the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship scheme. She finally
completed her education at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. Claudia was also the
harpist of La Scala Academy Orchestra in Milan for 2017-2019.

Claudia Lamanna is periodically invited to give masterclasses worldwide and she
already taught in Italy, USA, Mexico, Poland, Serbia and Hong Kong.


Photo credits: Ivan Barra