6th USA International Harp Competition

July 1-11, 2004


Winners

Gold Medal
Emmanuel Ceysson, France

Prizes:
Commemorative Lyon & Healy Gold Concert Grand Harp, value $55,000, sponsored by Victor Salvi Foundation
- London Debut Recital, sponsored by Victor Salvi Foundation
- CD Recording, sponsored by Victor Salvi Foundation
- New York Debut Recital
- $5000 - David and Linda Rollo Award
- Concert engagement with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
- Concert engagement with Mesquite Symphony Orchestra

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Emmanuel Ceysson’s commitment to the harp has earned him the highest international distinctions. In rapid succession, he won the Gold Medal at the USA International Harp Competition in 2004, First Prize at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions in 2006, and First Prize in the prestigious ARD competition in Munich in 2009. In 2006,he joined the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris as Principal Harp where Paris opera critics frequently singled out his solo passages for mention. He also received a Prix d’Encouragement from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France (Fondation Simone Del Duca) in recognition of his distinguished early career. In September 2015, Emmanuel joined the Metropolitan Opera as principal harpist and in April 2016 was awarded tenure. 

Bronze Medal: $4,000 - Duquessa and Monique McGuffin Prize

Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands

Silver Medal: $5,000 - Jill Bailiff Prize

Julie A. Smith, USA             


Special Prizes

Anonymous Prize:  Best performance of Debussy: Danses Sacrée et Profane: $1,000
Emmanuel Ceysson, France

Jan Jennings Prize: Best performance of Handel: Concerto in B flat: $1,000
Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands

Mario Falcao Prize: Best performance of Byrnes: Visions in Twilight: $500
Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands

Mario Falcao Prize: Best performance of Zupko: Despedida: $500
Julie A. Smith, USA

Fourth Prize:    $3000 - Vanderbilt Music Company Prize
Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan

Fifth Prize:  $2500 - Dr. Konrad William Rinne and Dr. Erzsebet Gaal Rinne Prize
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia

Sixth Prize:  $2000 - Clare McLaughlin Student Prize
Polina Baranova, Russia

Seventh Prize:   $1000 - Samuel Milligan Prize
Nikolaz Cadoret, France

Eighth Prize:  $1000 - Cui Jun Zhi Prize
Anneleen Lenaerts, Belgium


Jury

  Charles Webb, Jury President

Charles Webb, Jury President

Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Music, Dr. Webb was recently named a Living Legend of the State of Indiana, and was also appointed by Colin Powell to the Committee to Advise the Secretary of State on Cultural Diplomacy. Dr. Webb received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and his doctoral degree in music from Indiana University. He currently chairs the board of trustees of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He maintains an active performance schedule as a conductor and pianist and serves as a judge for international music competitions throughout the world.

  Jana Bouskova

Jana Bouskova

Professor of Harp at the Prague Conservatory since 1993 and a member of the Artistic Council of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Ms. Bouskova graduated from the Prague Conservatory and also Ostrava University, and was the 1992 First Prize winner of the USA International Harp Competition. She served as artistic director of the Seventh World Harp Congress in 1999. She has established a career as an internationally renowned harpist, performing with such artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Patrick Gallois, and Janne Thomson , and has made more than twenty compact disc recordings.

  Jean-Michel Damase

Jean-Michel Damase

Jean-Michel Damase, composer , won the coveted Prix de Rome at the age of nineteen. He has composed pieces for nearly every possible genre, including works for the stage, for orchestra, and instrumental and vocal pieces. Recognized as one of the foremost composers for the harp today, his works have become part of the standard harp repertoire. He is equally renowned as a pianist and has recorded the works of Faure and Ravel. He has received numerous awards including the Grand Prix du Disque. Mr. Damase is a member of various international societies and organizations and has taught masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Japan. He was recently commissioned by Ransom Wilson and the Oklahoma Mozart Festival to compose the opera Ochelata’s Wedding, which premiered in 2000.

  Alice Giles

Alice Giles

Alice Giles is a soloist and recording artist, as well as the harp teacher at the Canberra School of Music in Australia. Ms. Giles made her New York debut at Merkin Hall in 1983, and participated for three summers in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She won First Prize in Israel’s International Harp Contest at the age of 21. She taught harp at the Hochschule fur Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1990 to 1998and was also a member of the jury for the 1998 International Harp Contest in Israel. Ms. Giles has an international reputation as a teacher, and has instructed numerous masterclasses around the world.

 

  Kumiko Inoue

Kumiko Inoue

Kumiko Inoue has been the Vice-President of the World Harp Congress and is teacher at Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo and the Nagoya College of Music. Ms. Inoue made her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and won fourth prize at the 1970 International Harp Contest in Israel. In 1980, the American Harp Society chose her to be an Exchange Recitalist. She has served as a jury member at various international harp contests in Israel, Italy, France and Russia and has been a lecturer at the Music Summers School in Karuizawa for more than 20 years and of the Fukui Harp Festival since 1988.

  Marie-Claire Jamet

Marie-Claire Jamet

Awarded the Premier Prix in both harp and chamber music from the Conservatorie National Superieur de Musique in Paris, Marie-Clarie Jamet was appointed Solo Harpist with L’Orchestra National de Radio-France, and then soloist with the renowned L’Ensemble Intercontemporain. She was Professor of Harp at the Conservatoire National in Paris, and also at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Mme. Jamet maintains an active career as a soloist, and has given more than 2000 concerts throughout the world.

  Kathy Kienzle

Kathy Kienzle

Principal Harpist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Ms. Kienzel is currently on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, MacPhail Center for the Arts, Augsburg College and St. Catherine in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and is also Chair of the New Music Committee of the World Harp Congress. Ms. Kienzle was third prize winner at the Sixth International Harp Contest in Israel in 1976 and was awarded a top prize in the 1975 American Harp Society National Competition. A graduate of Julliard with a Bachelor of Music, Ms. Kienzle also holds a Master of Music from the University of Arizona.

  Anna Levina

Anna Levina

Anna Levina is Co-Principal Harpist of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in Moscow, and Professor of Harp at the State Classical Academy. Ms. Levina was born in Moscow and started studying the harp at the age of eight. From 1967 to 1972, she studied with Professor Vera Dulova at the Moscow Conservatory, and she continued her post-graduate studies there from 1982 to 1985. Ms. Levina took part in the 1969 and 1972 International Harpweeks in the Netherlands, and in 1971 she was awarded Second Prize in the Marcel Tournier International Harp Competition in Paris.


Contestants

Anastasia Lisitsyna, Russia
Julien Marcou, France
Lavinia Meijer, Netherlands
Cristina Montes Mateo, Spain
Yinuo Mu, China
Sanghyup Oh, South Korea
Maria Watkins Phippen, USA
Claire Place, France
Sally Pryce, United Kingdom
Sofia Ristic, Italy
Cecile Schoonbroodt, Belgium/Chile
Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan
Sara Shute, USA
Julie A Smith, USA
Milena Stanisic, Serbia/Montenegro
Isabelle Steinbruchel, Switzerland
Fan Fen Tai, Taiwan
Midori Tajima, Japan
Reine Takano, Japan
Mayu Tamura, Japan
Sayo Tanaka, Japan
Sonja Wangensteeen, USA
Kristie A. Withers, USA
Sarah Worrall, USA
Jane Yoon, South Korea

Polina Baranova, Russia
Agnes Berard, France
Giselle Boeters, Netherlands
Katie Elizabeth Buckley, USA
Nikolaz Cadoret, France
Emmanuel Ceysson, France
Estuko Chida, Japan
Meng-Lu Chiu, Taiwan
Sarah Christ, Australia/Germany
Angela Dastrup, USA
Daphne De Driesen, France
Yi-Wen Ding, Taiwan
Maiko Enomoto, Japan
Maria Goudimov, Germany
Adriana Horne, USA
Li-Ya Huang, Taiwan
Nai Wei Hung, Taiwan
Jing-I Jang, Taiwan
Elizabeth Jaxon, USA
Maria Krushevskaya, Russia
Simon Kullkoff, Russia
Nora Lamoureux, France
Anneleen Lenaerts, Belgium
Elizabeth Levin, USA