2010 Jury Members
Patricia McNulty Wooster – Jury President, U.S.A.
A harpist for 57 years, Pat completed her postgraduate harp studies with Lynne Palmer in Seattle. She is a Harp Instructor at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Pat directs the PLU Harp Ensemble, the South Sound Strings student harp ensemble and the harp training program for the Tacoma Youth Symphony. She served as Principal Harp and soloist in orchestras on both the east and west coasts – most recently for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (1992 – 2002). Pat has premiered new works for harp and orchestra as well as harp and concert band. She still appears with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, and other local ensembles, and performs in a variety of free-lance roles.
Very active in Tacoma's classical music community as well as the local, national, and world harp community, Pat is Chairman of the World Harp Congress, past President of the American Harp Society, and past President of the Board of the Northwest Sinfonietta. She has performed and made presentations at AHS Conferences, World Harp Congresses, as well as MENC, and ASTA events. Pat has served as a judge at regional, state, national, and international harp competitions. She was Chairman of the Sixth World Harp Congress International Music Festival, which brought more than 1,000 harpists from more than 30 countries to Tacoma for eight days in July, 1996.
Daphne Boden, United Kingdom
Daphne Boden, described by the music critic of 'The Times' as "a harpist whose clean, fresh playing was a joy to hear" is Professor of Harp at the Royal College of Music. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Brussels Royal Conservatoire where she was awarded the Premier Prix. Her teachers have included Marisa Robles and Mireille Flour. Her busy concert career has taken her all over the world. Her solo recitals have been warmly praised by critics and public alike. She has given innumerable recitals and lecture-recitals all over Great Britain and abroad, and has played on radio and television. Her wide repertoire spans five centuries of music for the harp from all over the world. Much in demand as a soloist, teacher and adjudicator, during the next year Daphne Boden's work will take her to many parts of the world. In addition to her busy career as a concert soloist, Daphne Boden is also a dedicated teacher. She greatly enjoys working with her gifted young students at the Royal College. Her students have won numerous prizes in national and international competitions, and many of her former students are to be found playing in the leading orchestras.
Jean-Marie Panterne, France
French pianist Jean-Marie Panterne has devoted the vast majority of his musical career to the works of 20th century French composers. His original programs "Erik Satie, Son et lumières" or "Poulenc, Histoire de Babar" as well as more traditional presentations of the works of Debussy, Fauré and Ravel have brought universal acclaim in North America as well as Europe.
As Director of the Salvi and Lyon & Healy harp center in Paris for more than 20 years, Jean-Marie Panterne has served harpists in all of Europe. Of particular note, he developed an automated system for the pedal harp. The module, which can be adapted to any pedal harp, greatly facilitates multiple pedal movements and removes many of the harmonic constraints imposed on the harp.
Jean-Marie Panterne has recorded more than a dozen CDs of French and German piano music. In a recent recording, he pays homage to the harp, interpreting a selection of pieces from the harp repertoire on the piano. The CD was met with unanimous praise and has quickly become a reference in the worldwide harp community.
Ayako Shinozaki, Japan
Ayako Shinozaki graduated at the top of her class at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and then moved to the United States to continue her studies with Marcel Grandjany. She won third place at the Israel International Harp Competition in 1973. Ms Shinozaki was then invited to Europe as a participant in the Japanese Government Study Program for Promising Artists and Arts Fellowship, where she studied with Lily Laskine. Since 1972, Ms Shinozaki has held her recital series, “The Harp of Ayako Shinozaki” and won numerous prizes in competitions across the globe. These include the Nakajima Kenzo Prize in both 1983 and 2002, National Arts Festival Prize, First Saji Keizo Prize for her concert "The Harp of Ayako Shinozaki VIII" in 2001, and the Asahi Contemporary Music Prize in 2008. She has also served as a juror for various competitions including the Israel International Harp Competition and the Geneva International Music Competition. In addition, Ms Shinozaki taught the younger generation at the Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music from 1981 through 2007. She is currently a specially appointed professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music and a lecturer at Tokyo College of Music and Kunitachi College of Music.
Ernestine Stoop, The Netherlands
Ernestine Stoop studied with Edward Witsenburg and Pierre Jamet. After eleven years of orchestral experience she has dedicated herself fully to playing as a soloist, chamber musician, and teaching. She is a member of the Nieuw Ensemble, Asko Schönberg and Atlas Ensemble and is also a professor at the Royal College of Music in The Hague and the Fontys High School of Music in Tilburg. She initiated the third and fifth European Harp Symposia in Amsterdam and gave the first performance of Guo Wenjing’s ‘Concerto for harp and lyric soprano’ in Amsterdam in 2001. In 2008 she was the artistic director of the tenth World Harp Congress, which took place in Amsterdam.
Patrizia Tassini, Italy
Patrizia Tassini studied harp with E. Vio at the "G.Tartini" Conservatory of Trieste, graduating “cum laude.” She studied in France and in the United States at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, getting a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature as well as a Performance Certificate.
Ms. Tassini won first prize at the Second International Harp Competition in Varallo in 1982, Second Prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel, as well as the 1984 Concerto Competition "Lily Laskine" in the United States. She has recorded for the Italian National Radio Network and Radio France.
She served on the jury at the International Harp Competition in Israel, the Martin Geliot Harp Competition in Lille, the Prix at the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris, and the International Harp Competition in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ms Tassini currently collaborates with the flutist, Maxence Larrieu, the Mainz Kammerorchester and the Serbian Radio Television Orchestra. In 2002 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress. She has recently held concerts and master classes in China, Lithuania, Latvia, Belgium, Holland and Norway. Ms Tassini currently conducts the Harp Orchestra "Ventaglio d'Arpe" and teaches harp at the "J.Tomadini" Conservatory of Udine Italy.
Dr. Ann Yeung, U.S.A.
Known for her bold interpretations and diverse repertoire and recognized for her exceptional ability to foster individual creativity and artistry in her students, Ann Yeung has performed and taught throughout the world. She has won numerous international and national prizes, including in the 2nd Lily Laskine International Harp Competition (France) and the 7th Nippon Harp Competition (Japan). As a winner of Artists International, she premiered her transcription of the Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall in 1999. She is dedicated to the expansion of the harp’s repertoire and has premiered numerous compositions, most recently of interactive multi-media works.
Recent activities include a CD Voyage: American Works for Flute and Harp with premiere recordings of pieces by J. Corigliano, M. Grandjany, and S.A. Taylor for Albany Records. Editor of the World Harp Congress Review since 2002, she is also the author of articles published in France, the UK, and the US. Previously having served as Second Vice-President for the American Harp Society (AHS), she is currently Co-Chair of the AHS 2012 Commission Project Committee. Dr. Yeung is the harp professor and Chair of the String Division at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is the principal harpist of the Sinfonia da Camera and conducts an annual Illinois Summer Harp Class in early June.