4th USA International Harp Competition

July 4-14, 1998


Winners

Gold Medal
Xavier De Maistre, France

Prizes
Lyon and Healy Concert Grand Harp, Style 30
- New York Debut Recital, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, sponsored by The Humana Foundation
- $5,000 - David and Linda Rollo Award

After winning the 4th Competition, Xavier de Maistre was named principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Xavier also appearedin successful recitals in Wigmore Hall, London, presented by Salvi International and in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, on January 26, 1999. Xavier is now a world-renowned soloist and makes regular appearances in the major concert halls of Europe, Japan and the United States. His 2015/16 season has included appearances with the Chicago Symphony, Orchstre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, and many others across United States,Europe,and Asia. Xavier has been an exclusive Sony Music artist since 2008. Through his recordings, he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award as “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2009, and his baroque concerto album Notte Veneziana immediately entered in the top ten of the classical music charts in 2012.  His most recent CD, Moldau-The Romantic Album was released in 2015 and has received high critical acclaim.

 
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Bronze Medal: 
CAMAC Concert Grand Harp, “Atlantide Prestige,” or Electric-Acoustic Harp, “The Blue”


Kyo jin Lee, Korea

Silver Medal: 
Aoyama Gold Concert Grand Harp, Monarch 47 D
Concerts in Tokyo and Fukui Japan, sponsored by the Aoyama Harp Company

Maria Luisa Rayan, Argentina


 

Special Prizes

Fons Music Foundation Prize for best performance of Ami Maayani's Toccata for Harp: $1,000
Xavier De Maistre

Jan Jennings Prize for best performance of Francois Boieldieu's Concerto for Harp: ,$1,000
Xavier De Maistre

 

 

 

Fourth Prize:  $4,000 - Jill Bailiff-Reyes Prize
Baltazar Juarez, Mexico

Fifth Prize:  $3,000 - Marilyn Costello Memorial Prize
Kaori Otake, Japan

Sixth Prize:  $2,000 - Peter S. Reis and Rebecca Flannery Prize
Danielle Riegel, The Netherlands

Seventh Prize:  $1,500 - George H. McDonald Memorial Prize
Elisabeth Cardonnet, France

Eighth Prize:  $1,000 - Hubert and Amalie Barger Prize
Ramiro Enriquez, Argentina


Jury

Charles Webb, Jury President

Charles Webb, Jury President

Charles Webb is Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Music. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and his doctoral degree in music from Indiana University. He maintains an active performance schedule as a conductor and pianist and serves as a judge for international music competitions throughout the world.

Sarah Bullen

Sarah Bullen

Sarah Bullen is the former principal harp of the New York Philharmonic and now principal with the Chicago Symphony; former chair of the harp department at the Manhattan School of Music; and an active solo harpist.

Marcella de Cray

Marcella de Cray

Marcella De Cray is a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, active performer with the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and Chamber Orchestras, founder of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and former member of the Philadelphia and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.

Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche

Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche

Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche is Professor at the Conservatoire National in Nice, teaching at Antibes and Cagnes sur Mer. She has appeared in virtually every European and South American country, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, Tunisia, and New Caledonia.

Taka Kling

Taka Kling

Taka Kling is a teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia; founder of the harp department at the University of Louisville, former principal harpist with the Louisville Orchestra, and an active soloist and recitalist.

David Watkins

David Watkins

David Watkins is a composer and active soloist; former member of the orchestra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and principal harpist with the London Philharmonic.

Edward Witsenburg

Edward Witsenburg

Edward Witsenburg is faculty member at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague; former harpist with several orchestras in the Netherlands, including the Philharmonic of The Hague; and professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Elena Zaniboni

Elena Zaniboni

Elena Zaniboni is a leading performer; commissioner of new harp music, particularly among contemporary Italian composers; and much sought-after teacher of master classes, frequently at the National Academy of Santa Ceclia in Rome.


Contestants

Lioubov Klevtsova, Russia
Heidi Krutzen, Canada
Yi-wen Kuang, Taiwan
Josh Layne, Canada
Kyo-jin Lee, Korea
Hong Liang, China
Elizabeth Keadle Markey, USA
Triona Marshall, Ireland
Isabel Moreton, Germany
Tat’iana Oskolkova, Russia
Kaori Otake, Japan
Anna Pachinskaya, Russia
Maria Luisa Rayan, Argentina
Danielle Riegel, The Netherlands
Marcelo Silva, Brazil
Michaela Trnkova, Czech Republic
Yukiko Uno, Japan
Ann Yeung, USA

Anne Bassand, Switzerland
Celia May-Wai Chan, USA
Elisabeth Chardonnet, France
Shu-Hsin Chen, Taiwan
Bo Cheng, China
Ching-ju Cheng, Taiwan
Rosalba Cirigliano, Italy
Xavier De Maistre, France
Manon De Preissac, Pretoria
Wiedke Dirks, The Netherlands
Cliona Doris, Ireland
Kirsten Ecke, Germany
Ramiro Enriquez, Argentina
Elisa Mediero Fernandez, Spain
Catherine Gima, Greece
Baltazar Jarez, Mexico
Masami Kaigawa, Japan
Mahalia Kelz, Germany