Wednesday, October 14, 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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2004 Winners

Emmanuel Ceysson of France was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2004 Competition. Mr. Ceysson is the principal harpist with the Paris Opera Orchestra. In 2009 he was named the winner of the ARD Music Competition in Munich. He appeared as soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ceysson made his New York concert debut performing Glière’s Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero at Lincoln Center. He has appeared at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música in Colombia and in concerto performance with the Macedonia Philharmonic.

  • Silver Medal Winner – Julie A. Smith, USA
  • Bronze Medal Winner – Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands
  • Fourth Prize – Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan
  • Fifth Prize – Maria Krushevskaya, Russia
  • Sixth Prize – Polina Baranova, Russia
  • Seventh Prize – Nikolaz Cadoret, France
  • Eighth Prize – Anneleen Lenaerts, Belgium

Special Prizes

  • Anonymous Prize - best performance of Debussy: Danses Sacrée et Profane—Emmanuel Ceysson, France
  • Jan Jennings Prize - best performance of Handel: Concerto in B flat—Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands
  • Mario Falcao Prize - best performance of Byrnes: Visions in Twilight—Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands
  • Mario Falcao Prize - best performance of Zupko: Despedida—Julie A. Smith, USA

Composition Prize

  • Deane Sherman & Susann McDonald Composition Prize – Joint first prize winners: Garrett Byrnes, USA for Visions in Twilight and Mischa Zupko, USA for Despedida performed as part of Stage 3 required repertoire

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