7th USA International Harp Competition

July 4-14, 2007


Winners

Gold Medal
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia

Prizes:
- Commemorative Lyon & Healy Gold Concert Grand Harp, up to a value of $55,000, sponsored by Lyon & Healy Harps
- New York Debut Recital, sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation
- London Debut Recital, sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation
- Taipei Debut Recital, sponsored by Rosy Clouds Foundation
-CD Recording, sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation
- Artist Management , sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation
- $5,000 - David and Linda Rollo Award, in memory of Mindee Rollo

2007 - Maria Krushevskaya.jpg

After winning the 2007 competition, Ms. Krushevskaya was appointed Principal Harpist of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.  She has appeared in concerts at the Royal Academy and Wigmore Hall in London, as well as at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York City.  In addition to these debut concerts, Ms. Krusheveskaya appeared as the featured artist at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam.  She also gave a presentation concert at the Big Hall of Russia Music Academy in Russia.  As the winner of the 2007 USA IHC, she was also awarded a recording contract with Egan Records in which she released her CD, Maria Krushevskaya. Since 2013, Ms. Krushevskaya has been a soloist with the harp section of the Mariinsky Orchestra located in Russia.

 

Silver Medal: $5,000 - Jill Bailiff Prize
   $1,000 - Rachel Mary Jones Memorial Prize

Hanako Hirano, Japan

Bronze Medal: $4,000 - Eul Duk Kwak Memorial Prize


Coline-Marie Orliac, France


Special Prizes:

Jan Jennings Prize: Best Performance of Pierné’s Concertstück for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 39: $1,000
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia

Mary L. Ogg Prize: Best performance of Küne’s Fantasie sur un theme de l’opera Eugene Onegin: $1,000
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia

Mary L. Ogg Prize: Best performance of Parish Alvars’ Introduction and Variation on Themes from Bellini’s Opera “Norma”: $500
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia

Willy Postma Prize: Best performance of Krenek’s Sonata for Harp, Op. 150: $1,000
Hanako Hirano, Japan

Mario Falcao Prize: Best performance of Hsu’s Huan: $1,000
Coline-Marie Orliac, France

 

 

Fourth Prize:  $3,000 - Vanderbilt Music Company Prize
Jane Yoon, South Korea/USA

Fifth Prize:  $2,500 - Dr. Konrad William Rinne and Dr. Erzsebet Gaal Rinne Prize
Maiko Enomoto, Japan

Sixth Prize:  $2,000 - Clare McLaughlin Student Prize
Mai Fukui, Japan

Seventh Prize:  $1,500 - Mary L. Ogg Prize
Reine Takano, Japan

Eighth Prize:  $1000 - Cui Jun Zhi Prize
Angela Dastrup, USA


Jury

  Charles Webb - Jury President

Charles Webb - Jury President

Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Webb received his A.B. and M.M. degrees from Southern Methodist University and his D.M. from Indiana University. Dr. Webb is Chairman of the Board of Advisors of International Music Festivals, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 Dr. Webb was appointed by Colin Powell to a Congressional Committee to Advise the Secretary of State on Cultural Diplomacy. In 2005 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Symphony Orchestra League. In June, 2005 he received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Webb maintains an active performance schedule as both conductor and pianist and serve as a judge for international music competitions throughout the world.

  Milda Agazarian

Milda Agazarian

Milda Agazarian is Professor of Harp at the Russian Music Academy and the Moscow Special Gnessin School and College. She was a founding member of the Association of Russian Harp Teachers and has been its President since 1992 and has been Artistic Director of the annual Moscow Open Harp Festival since 2000. Professor Agazarian has served on the juries of numerous international harp contests in Russia, France, USA, Bulgaria, Wales and Serbia. She has presented master-classes in Japan, Great Britain, France, Hungary and Switzerland. She has worked with a number of orchestras including the USSR State Symphony Orchestra and the Radiosymphonic Tchaikovsky Orchestra. As a student and successor of legendary Russian harpists and pedagogues, Professor Agazarian preserves, continues and develops traditions of the famous Russian Harp School.

  Murray Boden

Murray Boden

Murray Boren is a prolific composer whose works include nine operas, dozens of songs and choral works and nearly one hundred chamber compositions, in addition to large-scale works for band and orchestra. He also writes for the theatre providing music for recent productions of Nathan the Wise, Wind in the Willows, Antigone and Macbeth. Recent works include “Lexicon: A Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra” commissioned by the American Harp Society and premiered at its national convention, “Dance Trios” for flute, viola and harp for the Southampton Chamber Music Society, and a Barlow Endowment commission for a wind symphony work entitled “Tribute”. Mr. Boren is Associate Professor and Composer in Residence at Brigham Young University’s School of Music, where he teaches music composition and theory.

  Yolanda Kondanassis

Yolanda Kondanassis

Since her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Yolanda Kondonassis has performed around the globe as a harp soloist, appearing with numerous orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico. As a Telarc recording artist, she has won universal critical acclaim for her many recordings, which have included much of the standard repertoire, as well as her own transacriptions and compositions for harp. In addition to her active performing and recording schedule, Ms. Kondonassis heads the harp department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory.

  Isabelle Perrin

Isabelle Perrin

Isabelle Perrin studied at the Julliard School in New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Since 1990, she has been co-Principal Harpist with the Orchestre National de France. As an international soloist, she has given many concerts and master-classes throughout Europe, Russia, USA, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and Africa. Ms. Perrin has recorded a number of CDs, including one highlighting the works of Bernard Andres and original works by Arnold Bax for flute, viola and harp, performed with the Turner Trio, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Perrin teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and has been appointed Visiting Professor toe The Royal Academy of Music of London. The French Government recently knighted her in the French Order of Arts et Lettres in recognition of her involvement in the international music world.

  Lieve Robbroeckx

Lieve Robbroeckx

Lieve Robbroeckx graduated in harp from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen. She also received a Teaching Diploma from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. From 1979 to 1992 she lived in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was active as a performing harpist and teacher. Ms. Robbroeckx served as the Principal Harpist of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist under the baton of resident and guest conductors. Upon returning to Flanders, she helped create Harpe Diem, which has become an important annual harp event, and has served as the President since 2006. Lieve Robbroeckx teaches harp didactics at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen and harp at the Lemmensinstituut Leuven and at the Stedelijke Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans Beringen.

  Karen Vaughn

Karen Vaughn

Karen Vaughn studied with the great Russian harpist Maria Korchinska after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music. Ms. Vaughn was a founding member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, often appearing as concerto soloist, and for six years she was Principal Harpist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. On returning to London in 1984, she was appointed Co-Principal Harpist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Vaughn performed at the 2002 World Harp Congress in Geneva and has been elected to the WHC Board of Directors. Professor of Harp at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she also teaches at the Purcell School for musically gifted children and has an expanding studio. She was appointed Visiting Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for the year 2006-2007.

  Naoko Yoshino

Naoko Yoshino

Born in London, Ms. Yoshino began to study harp at the age of six in Los Angeles, California, with Susan McDonald. She finished second at the First International Harp Contest at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome at the age of 13, and she finished first at the Ninth International Harp Contest 1985 in Israel, where she was the youngest participant. In 1988, she won the Arts Festival Prize from the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has been a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Phiharmonia Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Renowned conductors with whom she has shared the stage include Menuhin, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Mehta, Sinopoli, Harnoncourt, Blomstedt, and Dutoit. Ms. Yoshino has worked with such renowned musicians as violinist Gidon Kremer, violist Veronika Hagen, horn player Radek Baborak, flutists Aurele Nicolet, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Wolfgang Schulz.


Contestants

Ah-Rim Kim, South Korea
Yoo Jin Kim, South Korea
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia
Hsin Ning Liu, Taiwan
Cheryl Losey, USA
Maryanne Meyer, USA
Andreas Mildner, Germany
Coline-Marie Orliac, France
Antonio Ostuni, Italy
Jin Park, South Korea
Sara Shute, USA
Zhiyang Sung, China
Reine Takano, Japan
Heidi Tims, USA
Sadie Turner, USA
Gloria Lorena Vasconcellos, USA
Jane Yoon, South Korea/USA
Kristie A. Withers, USA

Irantzu Agirre-Arrizubieta, Spain
Aida Aragoneses-Aguado, Spain
Ingrid Bauer, New Zealand
Stephanie Beck, Lichtenstein
Madeline Blood, USA
Sasha Boldachev, Russia
Angela Dastrup, USA
Yi-wen Ding, Taiwan
Maiko Enomoto, Japan
Mai Fukui, Japan
Feodora-Johanna Gabler, Germany
Simone Geyer, Germany
Hanako Hirano, Japan
Li-ya Huang, Taiwan
Jing-I Jang, Taiwan
Emilie Jaulme, France
Sandra Kablar, Serbia
Rino Kageyama, Japan