Tuesday, December 01, 2015

9th USA International Harp Competition Winners Announced! 

Remy van Kesteren of the Netherlands was awarded the Gold Medal in USA IHC's 9th Competition.  

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Repertoire Announcement 

10th USA International Harp Competition Repertoire Announced!

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Public Performances:

Find out about upcoming public performances being presented by USAIHC and being performed by past USAIHC  participants.  The USAIHC will compile information about the public performances of our participants from all nine prior competitions.  We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to hear some of our talented harpists perform in venues from Bloomington to Tokyo and many places in between. 

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USAIHC announces its 2015 Fall Concert featuring the

Chicago Harp Quartet.

September 4, 2015  |  Auer Hall  |  8:00 PM

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The Mission of the USA IHC is to:

conduct a world-class international harp competition in the United States;
promote and foster the careers of gifted young harpists from throughout the world;
promote the harp as a concert and solo instrument and to introduce the harp repertoire to a broader public
encourage composers to write new works for the harp; and
foster friendship and understanding among harpists worldwide.

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Harp Dreams wins 3 regional Emmys as well as the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award 

Harp Dreams, the WTIU-produced documentary of the 2007 competition, showcases the best young harpists in the world as they prepare for a high-stakes ten-day event held every three years at the Jacobs School of Music on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.  The documentary is a celebration of contestants from around the world and, ultimately, the competition itself.

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1998 Winners

Xavier De Maistre of France was awarded the Gold Medal in the 1998 Competition. Xavier de Maistre is the principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Xavier has also appeared in successful recitals in Wigmore Hall, London, presented by Salvi International, and in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, on January 26, 1999. He has recorded a new CD of works by Henriette Renié and he performed her Concerto for Harp and Orchestra at the 7th World Harp Congress in Prague in July 1999.

  • Silver Medal Winner – Maria Luisa Rayan, Argentina
  • Bronze Medal Winner – Kyo jin Lee, Korea
  • Fourth Prize – Baltazar Juarez, Mexico
  • Fifth Prize – Kaori Otake, Japan
  • Sixth Prize – Danielle Riegel, The Netherlands
  • Seventh Prize – Elisabeth Cardonnet, France
  • Eighth Prize – Ramiro Enriquez, Argentina

Special Prizes

  • Fons Music Foundation Prize for best performance of Ami Maayani's Toccata for Harp: Xavier De Maistre
  • Jan Jennings Prize for best performance of Francois Boildieu's Concerto for Harp: Xavier De Maistre

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