5th USA International Harp Competition

July 4-15, 2001


Gold Medal
Dan Yu, China

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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.

Silver Medal: Maria Luísa Rayán, Argentina                          Bronze Medal: Julie Conrad Smith, USA

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:  Jessica Zhou, China

Fifth Prize:  Yi-Wen Kuang, Taiwan

Sixth Prize:  Baltazar Juarez, Mexico

Seventh Prize:  Kazuko Shinozaki, Japan

Eighth Prize:  Etsuko Chida, Japan