Thursday, November 26, 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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1989 Winners

Marie Casale of the USA was awarded the Gold Medal in the 1989 Competition. Ms. Casale was a featured soloist at the Prague World Harp Congress. She is a concert soloist and teacher. 

  • Silver Medal Winner – Elizabeth Hainen, United States -Ms. Hainen is principal harp for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Bronze Medal Winner – Kirsten Agresta, United States
  • - Ms. Agresta was the winner of the American Harp Society's Concert Artist Award.
  • Fourth Prize – Marie-Pierre Chavaroche, France
  • Fifth Prize – Suzanne Handel, United States
  • Sixth Prize – Jana Boušková, Czech Republic
  • Seventh Prize – Vera Danilova, Russia
  • Eighth Prize – Beatrice Guillermin, France

Special Prize

  • Best performance of Variations on a Chant by Juan Orrego-Salas - Elizabeth Hainen, United States

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