20st Contest 2018 – Lenka Petrović, Serbia

Harpist Lenka Petrović is the first prize winner of the prestigious 20 th International Harp Contest in Israel in 2018 and is the first Serbian to win this prize. Additionally, she was awarded the Irina Kaganovsky prize for the best performance of Bedrich Smetana/Trnecek: Moldau at the same competition. A passionate soloist, Lenka is committed to performing a mixture of the traditional harp repertoire alongside transcriptions of non-harp works, showcasing the versatility of the harp.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 season included solo recitals in China, Argentina, Italy and the USA as a result of her first prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel. Lenka has performed at international harp festivals in Moscow, Zagreb and Belgrade and was featured at the Young Talent Concert at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1995, Lenka began learning the harp at age 8. In 2017, she received a Bachelor’s degree in harp performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, where she studied with Staša Mirković Grujić. In 2019, Lenka received a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, studying with New York Philharmonic’s principal harpist Nancy Allen.