5th USA International Harp Competition

July 4-15, 2001


Winners

Gold Medal
Dan Yu, China

Prizes
- Commemorative 24-Karat Gold Lyon and Healy Concert Harp, specially created and hand-carved for the 2001 USA International Harp Competition, sponsored by The Victor Salvi Foundation
- Debut Recital in London, England, sponsored by The Victor Salvi Foundation
- Debut CD Recording, sponsored by The Victor Salvi Foundation
- New York Debut Recital in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, sponsored by The Humana Foundation
- Recital in Paris, France, sponsored by Jakez Francois, President, Camac Harps
- Recitals in Tokyo and Fukui, Japan, sponsored by Kenzo Aoyama, President, Aoyama Harps
- $2,500 - The David and Linda Rollo Award
- $2,500 - The Gloria Rensch Memorial Prize, sponsored by Dr. Roslyn Rensch- Erbes

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Dan Yu was hailed by New York critics as “in a class of her own” following her debut in New York’s Alice Tully Hall in 2002.  Since winning the Gold Medal in 2001, Dan Yu’s lyrical interpretations, profound musicality, and technical mastery have captivated and dazzled audiences across three continents.  Dan Yu’s performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations in USA, China and Hong Kong. She has two classical solo CDs The Nightingale and Spring on the Moonlit River, and one DVD release Dan Yu-Live Recital. Currently she is the Music Director at the Hong Kong Harp Chamber and Professor of Harp at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. She also continues to concertize as a soloist internationally.

Bronze Medal:
$5,000 - The George and Catherine McDonald Memorial Prize, sponsored by George & Janet McDonald and Susan McDonald


 

Julie Conrad Smith, USA

Silver Medal:
Debut Concert and CD Recording, sponsored by The Victor Salvi Foundation
Recitals in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, sponsored by Aoyama Harps
$2,500 - Vanderbilt Music Company Award, sponsored by Vanderbilt Music Co., Inc.

Maria Luísa Rayán, Argentina 


 

Special Prizes

Jan Jennings Prize: Best Performance of Ginastera’s Harp Concerto
Dan Yu, China

Jan Jennings Prize: Best Performance of Ma’ayani’s Maqamat
Dan Yu, China

Phia Berghout Memorial Prize: Best performance of Leese’s Dilling Fantasy
Maria Luísa Rayán, Argentina

 

Fourth Prize:  $4,000 - The Jill Bailiff Prize, sponsored by Rosalind Weindling
Jessica Zhou, China

Fifth Prize:  $3,000 - The Lorraine L. Yagel Memorial Prize, sponsored by Charlene Brown
Yi-Wen Kuang, Taiwan

Sixth Prize:  Baltazar Juarez, Mexico

Seventh Prize:  Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan

Eighth Prize:  Etsuko Chida, Japan


Jury

ChaRLES H. Webb, Jury President

ChaRLES H. Webb, Jury President

Charles Webb is Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University Jacobs 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.

Alex Bonnet

Alex Bonnet

Alex Bonnet is  a faculty member at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam and the Twente Academy of Music in Enschede, the Netherlands; former principal harp of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Forum Opera; and founding member of the internationally reputed Keros Ensemble, along with violinist Angel Gimeno and mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Mulder. The trio has traveled extensively, performing in France, Germany, Spain, England, Finland, Israel, India, Taiwan, and at World Harp Congresses in Paris, Copenhagen, and Prague.

Marisela Gonzales

Marisela Gonzales

Marisela Gonzales is Professor at the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela; featured soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, Boston Civic Orchestra, Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles. Ms. Gonzalez was a prize-winner at the 8th Israel International Harp Competition and was an invited performer at World Harp Congresses in Paris-Sevres, France, and Seattle, Washington, and Prague. She is an active commissioner of new harp music, particularly among contemporary Latin American composers.

Ruth K. Inglefield

Ruth K. Inglefield

Ruth Inglefield is Professor of Harp at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. Known internationally as a soloist, teacher, and adjudicator, she studied with Marcel Grandjany at Juilliard and later earned a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatory and a Ph. D. in musicology from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Inglefield was formerly principal harpist with the Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Opera Orchestra and has performed widely in Europe. She is the author of books on Grandjany and on harp notation, articles on historical and pedagogical topics, transcriptions for harp, and a teaching series for children.

Skaila Kanga

Skaila Kanga

Ms. Kanga is Senior Professor of Harp and Head of Harp Studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Born in India, her professional career began in the BBC Concert Orchestra and led to her performing under such eminent conductors as Maazel, Mehta, Barenboim, Previn, Solti, Klemperer, Rattle, and others. Ms. Kanga has worked with numerous individual artists including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Kiri Te Kanawa. Ms. Kanga has always been very active in the recording world, having played with artists including Paul McCartney, Sarah Brightman, Bjork, and Sting, and on dozens of film scores. Her most recent classical recordings include Lieberman’s Flute Concertos with James Galway and the London Mozart Players and works by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius with Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin Orchestra, of which Ms. Kanga is the principal harpist.

Carrol McLaughlin

Carrol McLaughlin

Dr. Carrol McLaughlin is Professor of Harp the University of Arizona and director of the international touring ensemble, HarpFusion. After earning her master’s degree at The Julliard School, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona, where she served as teaching assistant to Susann McDonald. Dr. McLaughlin has performed extensively as a soloist and with orchestras throughout Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, India, North and South America, and Europe. She was featured as the opening recitalist at the World Harp Congress in Copenhagen and at the American Harp Society’s national conference in Denver, Colorado, and has performed at numerous other festivals around the world.

Chantal Mathieu

Chantal Mathieu

Chantal Mathieu is an internationally renowned concert artist and teacher, and Professor of Harp and Chamber Music at the Lausanne Music Academy in Switzerland. Ms. Mathieu has garnered numerous awards, including first prizes at the International Harp Competitions in Israel and Paris, and second prize at the Geneva International Competition. Passionately fond of expanding the repertoire for harp, she has transcribed numerous pieces, including works by J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and W.A. Mozart. Ms. Mathieu can be heard on several recordings, including a recent CD dedicated to the works of Marcel Tournier. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress, which has chosen her to chair the upcoming 8th World Harp Congress in Geneva in 2002.


Contestants

Rossitza Milevska, Bulgaria
Sanghyupoh, Korea
Maria Luisa Rayan, Argentina
Jaymee Schmuck, USA
Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan
Sara Shute, USA
Julie Smith, USA
Nicole Staker, USA
Mariko Takada, Japan
Sayo Tanaka, Japan
Monica Turoni, Italy
Christelle Uccelli, France
Mutsuko Uematsu, Japan
Yukiko Uno, Japan
Frederike Wagner, Germany
Sonja Wangensteen, USA
Dan Yu, China
Jessica Zhou, China
Elaine Zweifel, Switzerland

Polina Baranova, Russia
Paola Baron, Italy
Marianne Bouillot, France
Elizabeth Chardonnet, France
Sandrine Chatron, France
Hui-Ru Chen, Taiwan
Etsuko Chida, Japan
Meng-Lu Chiu, Taiwan
Elena Corni, Italy
Celine Gay des Combes, Switzerland
Vanessa Gong, Taiwan
Jing I. Jang, Taiwan
Baltazar Juarez, Mexico
Yanka Karguina, Russia
Ahrim Kim, Korea
Yi-Wen Kuang, Taiwan
Lillian Lau, Hong Kong
Ya-Ting Lee, Taiwan
Elizabeth Levin, USA
Miyabi Matsuoka, Japan