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9th International Summer Academy HarpMasters
Review


The 9th International Summer Harp Academy HarpMasters welcomed this year 30  participants in FUTURE and PRO groups from Austria, Germany, Holland, Hongkong, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and USA. The FUTURE program offered residence daily masterclasses with Irina Zingg. New to the HMA program was the presentation of the Featured Harp Class. This program aims to assist young harpists, while presenting  information about harp classes in different European Universities, study programs, living or scholarships possibilities, as well as giving an inside look into the profession.

 This year, Fabiana Trani, dozent for Harp at the Düsseldorf???s Robert Schumann Hochschule, exposed us to the history of the famous German Harp School and its development, discovered the difference of the Harp education in Germany compared to the other European countries, gave an inside look into the RSH study programs and cooperation with Jugend Symphonie Orchester der Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Presentation concluded with a day Masterclass:

FUTURE Harfen Gala at the HarpMasters Festspiele 2014 was the high point for the FUTURE participants, each of them has won deserved applause of the public.

PRO group, aimed for advanced harp students, offered this year an unique program of special classes, dedicated to different aspects of harp playing. The very first day, Fabrice Pierre generously treated everyone with his unique approach to the music and shared his precious knowledge on harp and music in general. Highly inspiring two days, packed with classes and less formal Backstage Talk, gave an intense start to the whole program.

The Audition Training with the principal harpist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Petra van der Heide (sponsored by Camac Harps), were another intensive experience for young harpists and helped to learn repertoire, explore rules, secrets, all Dos & Donts by the orchestra auditions. Warmly-hearted Petra generously shared her unique experience as a orchestra harpist at the Backstage Talk with young harpists.

Park Stickney with his HarpMasters Jazz Workshop is always a greatly expected person and class at Summer HarpMasters Academy! As ever, this year class was intense yet fun und opened a new dimensions for the young harpists.

Mara Galassi, world-class specialist for the Early Music, once again impressed her audience with her encyclopaedic knowledge in the field. Work on Spohr and Mozart pieces boosts everyones awareness to the style rules of the certain epoch.

Some of participants enjoyed the break day while visiting Bern - the capital of Switzerland. Right time to establish new friendships and renewe old ones.

One of the most important reasons, why young harpists travelling from around the world to attend Summer HarpMasters Academy, is the possibility to study in sessions with Professor-in-Residence Milda Agazarian. One of the worlds best harp pedagogues, she devotedly teachs every summer at HMA and enjoys a great audience of returning students, year after year.

In recognition of Milda Agazarians contribution to the harp world in Russia and internationally, the HMA Award HarpPersonality was awarded to Ms. Agazarian at the Grosse Harfen Gala Final concert of PROs 2014  and closing concert of HarpMasters Festspiele 2014.

Enriching experience during 9th International Summer Academy HarpMasters of sharing an unique knowledge, skills and mutual inspiration will support everyone involved till returning in Summer 2015.

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HarpMasters Festspiele 2014
Review


HarpMasters Festspiele 2014, a festival of and around the Harp, was leaded this year by the young generation of harpists: talented, creative and determined. In cooperation with HarpMasters Academy, it offered deserved concert platform for the Alumni to present their talent, creativity and mastery.  Official opening concert, in presence of the community-president Elsbeth Maring-Walther, the HARPA VIVA programme, presented by Young Celebrity Master Carolina Coimbra (Portugal, HMA 2010 - 13) gave an enthusiastic impulse and was a source of inspiration for the HMA Future Group participants. Following HarpMastetrs Harfen Gala, performed by FUTURE Group participants  was an inspirational evening, both for the performers and the audience.

While one of the goals of HarpMasters Academy is to encourage and support the initiative of Alumni to create their own projects, the HarpMasters Festspiele make possible to offer an ideal platform for its realisation and presentation.

This year, Veronika Lemishenko (Ukraine), HMA 2011/13, YCM 2009), presented the new formed duo ???Sticks & Strings??? (with Anton Margichev, Percussion) in a multi-facetted program MONOLOG, culminating with world premiere of the Olga Victorova???s ???Make it so that I could talk to you ???, in presence of the author. Fresh instrumental combination along with skilled arrangements and mastership of the performers ??? guaranteed a great success of the evening.

Proudly committed this year the HarpMasters Academy to the children with presentation of the special concert for children: Kinderkonzert ???ODYSSEE auf 47 SAITEN??? ("A Harp Odyssey") is the project of Magdalena Hoffmann (Germany, HMA 2012 ??? 14) was an exciting journey with a harp to the world of Odyssey. Being an playwriter, dramatist, storyteller and performer for this unique author project, Magdalena???s sparkling to furious, gentle to mysterious harp sounds, supported with her dramatic talent and magnetic storytelling was an fascinating journey to the mysterious world:

Another Young Celebrity Master Elisabeth Plank (Austria, HMA 2011-12) presented the harp as versatile instrument in program KONTRASTE. Thanks to enthusiasm and talent of the young harpist the Sonatine für Harfe has been composed by A. Wykydal in 2013 and dedicated to Elisabeth Plank. The Swiss premiere of the piece was one of the high points of the program.

Traditionally, with Grosse Harfen Gala ??? final concert of PRO group ??? culminated HarpMasters Festspiele 2014. The parade of young harp talents from around the globe ??? an impressive, admirable and moving experience for the packed hall of audience, and an exciting and inspirational and unforgettable ??? for the performers.






3rd Slovenian Harp Competition

This Autumn HarpMasters Academy returned to the Balkan region: On the 25th-27th October 2013 the 3rd Slovenian International Harp Competition took place in Velenje, organised by the Slovenian Harp Association and Music School of Velenje, sponsored by Camac Harps. The competitors ranged from children to professional harpists and they competed in 5 different categories. As well as three main prizes in each category, gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded. So in this way, each participant has the possibility to be rewarded for their performance. This gave the Slovenian competition a unique identity. The 3rd edition included the largest number of participants so far ??? 78 - from Croatia, German, Greece, France, Hungary, Japan, Italy, Lithuania,  Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and UK. 33 young harpists competed in the largest category ???A???.

The members of the judging panel Marija Mlinar (Croatia), Sirin Pancaroglu (Turkey), Katja Skrinar (Slovenia) and Irina Zingg (Switzerland) had to 
make some difficult decisions as the standard in all groups was very high. For me it was very rewarding to see many HarpMasters Alumni at this competition: such as competitiors Rebeca Csalog (Portugal), Gunes Hizlilar (Turkey), Magdalena Hoffmann (Germany), Yuko Tomonaga (Japan).  Katja Skrinar (Slovenia), HarpMasters Academy Alumni 2006, enjoys a successful teaching career in Slovenia now and was our judging colleague this time. With pride and satisfaction I heard the performances of our young Harp Masters, who displayed once again the level of excellence of their playing. The results were - Yuko Tomonaga as the winner of the First Prize and Magdalena Hoffmann  - of the Second Prize in the professional category ???E???. In category ???C??? Gunes Hizlilar was the winner of the Second Prize and Rebeca Csalog won a Silver Medal. We welcomed to the HarpMasters family Klara Woskowiak (Poland) who besides winning the First Prize in the Category ???D??? received a HM Special Prize ??? ???Young Celebrity Master??? position for 2015. Both Yuko Tomonaga and Magdalena Hoffmann will come back to Slovenia in the 2014-15 season to give solo recitals, as part of the special prizes received. Three days of excellently played music were packed till late at night. But we all still found time for inspiring moments of sharing, deepening our friendships and planning new joint projects. It was very satisfying for me to observe such friendly and supportive relationships which were experienced by all HarpMasters Alumni.

Visiting this region for the second time this year, I was once again impressed with the teaching work of Dalibor Bernatovi?, whose numerous students display very good instrumental skills, a high level of precision in working with musical material and respect for the music. In fact, the establishment of the harp in Slovenia in general is thanks to him. As the son of a harpist he started his career 27 years ago. At the time there were three professional harpists in the country and only one school teaching harp. Today 17 schools in Slovenia offer harp courses, there are over 280 students and 21 professional harpists, most of whom are ex-students of Dalibor Bernatovi?. He has taught over 50 harpists since then, and they have won almost 200 different international prizes. In addition, Dalibor Bernatovic founded the national Harp Association of Slovenia which aims to establish the harp in the country and the International Harp Competition of Slovenia to support harp education. In appreciation and recognition of his work, in the name of HarpMasters Academy, I was very pleased to present Dalibor the first HarpMasters Academy Award ???Harp Personality???.

The 3rd Slovenian Harp Competition was a very intensive and highly successful event. For everyone involved it was both an emotionally and professionally enriching experience, and once again a true celebration of the Harp. - Irina Zingg


 HarpMasters Academy new Award: "HarpPersonality"


The new HarpMasters Academy Award ???HarpPersonality??? was established in October 2013. This award is intended to recognize and appreciate the work of persons, whose outstanding contribution has had a strong impact on the development of the harp on national or international levels.

???Following the main credo of HarpMasters Academy ??? to promote excellence in harp performance ??? we aim now, besides educating and supporting the young generation of harpists, to recognise and appreciate the work of dedicated harpists, whose work has been very important for the development of the harp. I strongly believe that these great personalities will stimulate the creativity of the young harpists and will inspire our new generation to contribute to the development of the harp in their own countries and worldwide??? ??? says Irina Zingg, Artistic Director, HarpMasters Academy.


The awarded harpists will be featured in different future HarpMasters projects.



Yuko Tomonaga on winning the 3rd Slovenian International Harp Competition


???For the ability to perform with such a high level of concentration and to be able to open my heart, I have to thank HarpMasters Academy. In 2006 I first attended the Academy and was shocked to see the world standard of harp playing. Since then, regularly attending HarpMasters Academy in summers, I spent two years studying at RAM in London and, more recently, spent a few months at Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Looking back I can admit, that my career has been ???made by HarpMasters Academy???. If I had not come to HarpMasters in 2006, I would be completely different now, both as a harpist and as a person. A big ???thank you??? to HarpMasters Academy!


8th International Harp Academy & Festival
HarpMasters


 8th HarpMasters Festival & Academy took place 17 July ??? 4 August in Muenchnebuchsee, Switzerland. The highest number of FUTURE & PRO participants so far ??? 36 - were enriched with an outstanding program: resident masterclasses with Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga (PRO) and Karen Vaughan and Irina Zingg (FUTURE), Orchestra Workshop with Karen Vaughan, Baroque Days with Mara Galassi, French Harp Repertoire with Isabelle Perrin, Celebrity Masterclass with Naoko Yoshino and inspired by Celebrity Masters recitals of Naoko Yoshino, Isabelle Perrin, Park Stickney and featured Young Celebrity Master Maureen Thiebaut. Festival concluded with Final Gala Concert of participants. Congratulations to all teachers and students who made HarpMasters Festival & Academy once again a successful and enriching event. Photos and reports coming soon. Join HarpMasters Academy Group for actual photos and posts on



The World Premiere


The new piece for the harp solo Charisma was premiered during the Belgrade International Harp Festival at the concert of Vasilisa Lushchevskaya on May 12, 2013. The concert was a part of HARPVISION Concert Tour.


HarpMasters Excellence

Carolina Coimbra, HarpMasters Excellence student, was the First Prize Winner / Category III at the Petar Konjovic International Competition in Belgrade  and First Prize Winner at the Portulal Harp Competition both in May 2013. Carolina was the featured artist during the First HarpWeek Porto: ??? As a special moment during this Week, Carolina Coimbra, both HarpMasters and HarpMasters Excellence student,  was furthered HarpMasters Guest in her solo recital in her hometown. The aim of HarpMasters projects is to educate, to stimulate personal growth, to inspire true professional friendship among a young generation of harpists, but also to help them in the beginning of their careers???.

Carolina Coimbra will be the opening artist for the International Festival of Harp  Salsomaggiore in June 2013.


The Effects of HarpMasters in Switzerland are being heard and felt in Tucson Arizona!

It is a Monday afternoon in November, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA. The harp ensemble HarpFusion is beginning it's regular rehearsal. But there is nothing regular in the way they are starting their rehearsal. Ever since Dr. Carrol McLaughlin and two of the students from the University of Arizona attended HarpMasters, everything has been different.

The whole harp ensemble now starts with the extraordinary Russian Scales that were so brilliantly taught by Milda Agazarian and Irina Zingg. Because of the experience of hearing harp music at such a high level, the standard of excellence for each player in the group has made a gigantic advancement. By hearing such outstanding harpists from around the world... like the extraordinary prize winners from Russia... there is far more attention to precision of execution, to hearing each note of a chord. And the attention to detail,  musicality and commitment to excellence offered by Skaila Kanga and Karen Vaughn has raised the bar of excellence for each harpist.

Here is one example from a University of Arizona student Lauren Hayes, who was a part of Harp Masters 2012:
"The level of excellence that was the norm at HarpMasters has raised everyone's standard of performance. Playing Faure Impromptu for the great Russian teacher Milda Agazarian in class gave me a deeper understanding of what I could accomplish with the piece, and helped propel me to a successfully compete in on a national level. Winning that competition resulted in me being invited to perform this December in Carnegie Hall, New York. Thank you, HarpMasters!"

What a wonderful thing that the magic of HarpMasters still rings on an daily basis, even half way around the world! And what an honor for me to be a part of that extraordinary experience.

Carrol McLaughlin


HarpMasters on the Road

Following the First Harp Week Porto held in Portugal last month, the HarpMasters on the Road programme will travel to the Serbian capital Belgrade and present Vasilisa Lushchevskaya in a solo recital at the XII Belgrade International Harp Festival. This recital is part of the HARPVISION Prize and will include the World Premiere of the new composition for harp solo ???Charisma??? by Carrol MacLaughlin.

The XVIII International Petar Konjovic Competition will also take place in Belgrade on May 10th-12th 2013, where HarpMasters Academy proudly sponsors the Special Prize in harp category. We wish all young harpists success, good luck and inspiration and we???re looking forward to discovering young harp talents.  http://www.konjovic-competition.rs/english/harp.html

Before the VIII International ???HarpMasters??? Harp Festival which will open its doors in July 2013, on May 2nd we will welcome our supportive public to another HarpMasters on the Road concert. Diane Pauvert (Switzerland) and Carolina Coimbra (Portugal), both completing their Bachelor degrees respectively at Lausanne Hochschule der Kunste and Zurich Hochschule der Kunste, studying in parallel at the HarpMasters Exellence Academy, will present some harp music of different styles.

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Baroque days with Mara Galassi
"Harp Music in Handel's Time"

"Joining "HarpMasters" Academy and Festival was one of the best musical and human experiences I had last year:
I had the opportunity to meet and talk to fantastic musicians teachers and students in a generous spirit of collaboration, musical and spiritual growth.
So I am delighted to have been invited to run the Baroque Department of HarpMasters Academy and I highly recommend this musical experience to all "harp lovers"

Mara Galassi




Orchestra Parts Masterclass with Karen Vaughan

Karen Vaughan, HarpMasters Professor-in-Residence, will offer an informative and detailed class on orchestra harp parts following last year???s success. The sessions will cover pedalling and fingering, the musical and dramatic context of the excerpts, and, of course, the ???tips & tricks??? of Karen???s own 40 years??? orchestral experience.

???Following the success of the new FUTURE programme in 2012 we invite younger or less experienced students to apply for this intensive course in 2013.  Come to Switzerland to improve your technique and musical interpretation with Irina Zingg and Karen Vaughan in a beautiful and supportive environment, culminating in a public concert.  Hear an inspiring Young Celebrity Master recital and stay on for the PRO course, which includes orchestral and Baroque workshops and further recitals of Naoko Yoshino, Isabelle Perrin and Park Stickney to expand your knowledge and love of the harp.  We look forward to welcoming you to HarpMasters!???

Karen Vaughan




Sightreading Workshop with Skaila Kanga

"At HarpMasters Academy we try to cover every facet of harp performance. With that in mind, we are now introducing a Sightreading Workshop to help our participants in this more difficult area. We will explain the basics, how to practise and demonstrate with different types of music. Yes, sightreading is challenging on the harp, but it can also be fun to make music  with our friends on other instruments, so why not give it a go!"

Skaila Kanga




French Harp Repertoire with Isabelle Perrin

Isabelle Perrin
is back to HarpMasters Academy this year. Beside listening to the solo recital, participants of the FUTURE and PRO groups will have an unique possibilty to work with Isabelle on the french pieces which they have in their repertoire. The "French Harp Repertoire" days will cover sound production, french harp technique, interpretation, performance traditions and other topics. Don???t miss this special chance to work with one of the leading French harpist of today and apply now:
www.harpmasters.com

???Today is my great pleasure to announce my return to HarpMasters and invite all of you to join us to celebrate the harp! After my first wonderful experience a few years ago, I am much looking forward to discovering a new location and seeing many of you there again. HarpMasters has much grown since its first years but the enthusiasm of all of us remains the same!???

Isabelle Perrin




Anne Denholm: "HarpMasters: Inspiration, Learning, Friendships"




For me, HarpMasters Academy 2012 unlocked three great things: fresh inspiration, intensive learning and wonderful friendships. Being around world-class professors and performers meant that it was very easy to gain new inspiration and to appreciate new and valuable perspectives on the harp, and performing in general. I was also inspired by the other harpists attending the course, and by the challenge of the intensive preparation and performance.

We learnt so much on HarpMasters 2012 - it was hard not to, with classes on a wide variety of topics, from Baroque analysis and performance to modern concert preparation. It has been wonderful to come home with all this new wisdom and to work it in to my harp studies. The friendships that we made at HarpMasters 2012 are still going strong, and I am sure that we will continue to stay in touch. We now have an even wider networking circle and place for harp discussion and advice. Thank you! We have been given fantastic memories to hold on to, and a new passion for the future!


Anne Denholm / UK





Catherine Derrick: "HarpMasters - Unmissable!"


This was my third consecutive year at HarpMasters, and it has become something of an unmissable event for me.

This year I stayed with a host family, who looked after me wonderfully; and in the evenings, all the harpists and tutors ate together at a local restaurant - which was a great time to talk and catch up at the end of each very busy day.

Even in my third year, I am still amazed at how much more I learned about technique, repertoire and performance from the masterclasses.  The private lessons I was also able to have were invaluable to me. Milda Agazarian was wonderful.  She shared her great insight onto the music I am studying, and she made it possible for me to make real progress - especially as she had edited one of the pieces I was playing.  Skaila Kanga was also wonderful - as ever incisive, focused and caring; and constantly striving to bring out the absolute best in each of us.

It was an inspiration to meet Carrol McLaughlin.  She is full of energy and enthusiasm, and she shared with us a whole new approach to performing; giving us very valuable advice on how best to convey/project the music, and coaching us all in techniques for overcoming performance nerves and communicating with the audience.  She also gave a great jazz-meets-classical recital, followed by a jazz harp workshop - not a common venture for harpists!

Karen Vaughan led two excellent workshops dealing with some of the major orchestral repertoire for harp.  We benefited hugely from her experience and expertise - on both a performance and technical level.  Later in the week, following a dazzlingly virtuosic recital, Maria Krushevskaya treated us to a wonderful masterclass/workshop on the traditions of the Russian ballet cadenzas in the Moscow Bolshoi theatre.  Taking us into yet another time and place in history, Mara Galassi gave us a fascinating ???tour??? of the world of the baroque harp and its repertoire. Particularly, she enlightened us in many aspects of style, which are commonly overlooked by harpists.

Such a wealth of gifts, in such a short time!  HarpMasters is a very intense and concentrated period of study, mixed with great fun and great friendship.  It has helped me grow as a harpist and musician, and I would not be the same without it.


Catherine Derrick / UK
HarpMasters PRO


Magdalena Hoffmann: "Do HarpMasters pay for advertisement?"




When I first heard about HarpMasters, it literally sounded too good to be true. Everybody - friends, teachers - spoke about it in such exceedingly high terms that I thought they must get paid to advertise it so much! But then I went to Münchenbuchsee for this year's course and could see for myself the wonder that is HarpMasters.

The difficulty of having a big group of harpists (twenty!) spend nearly two weeks together without creating a competitive or unfriendly atmosphere was handled extremely well. Everybody was very open-minded and especially the football table ensured many great moments to release any potential tension (in our heads as well as in our harp-trained wrists!).

Classes and lectures with teachers in residence and celebrity guest teachers were very inspiring and instructive, especially Mara Galassi's outstanding classes on baroque music. Finally a musician who gives well-grounded and elaborate information on how to play baroque music on the harp and really knows what she is talking about! Last but not least I would like to emphasise a personal highlight of mine that most participants maybe did not even know about: Irina Zingg, whom most may only see as the wonderful organiser and fairy godmother of HarpMasters, is also one of the most amazing teacher I have ever met and gave me a fantastic private lesson. I think HarpMasters would gain even more from at least one masterclass with Irina Zingg herself!


Magdalena Hoffmann / Germany
HarpMasters PRO


Victoria Konzett: "HarpMasters: whatever you expect, you will get more"

After spending one week in HarpMasters, I all of a sudden found myself face to face with the most challenging exercise of the whole program: getting inside the car and going home!

There is one thing that you can be absolutely sure about when you go to HarpMasters: Whatever you expect of the course, and whatever you want to accomplish there, you will get and learn more. Going to HarpMasters means seeing awesome recitals, learning from really good teachers, getting to know famous harpists and masters and, probably the most important things of all, meeting new friends and finding the inspiration and energy that you need during the whole year. There is no better place to spend your summer than in Münchenbuchsee, back home you just want to take your harp and not to stop practicing for a very very long time.
 
Thank you HarpMasters for everything!!

Victoria Konzett / Austria
HarpMasters FUTURE




Congratulations to our participants on their achievments (autumn - winter 2012)


Competitions

Carolina Coimbra ??? First Prize , IV Concorso Internazionale di arpa "Marcel Tournier", Category B

Yuko Tomonaga ??? First Prize, Osaka International Competition

Maria Zimina ??? Third Prize  ???Bronze Nutcracker 2012???, XIII International Television Competition for young musicians ???Nutcracker???

Maria was the scholarship participant (and the youngest harpist attendet HarpMasters Academy ever) at the HarpMasters FUTURE in 2012


Positions

Magdalena Hoffmann  has won the position Praktikumsstelle with the Sinfonieorchester Münster

Veronika Lemishenko  appointed as Principal Harpist with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra  
 
Vasilisa Lushchevskaya
is the Camac Voice in December 2012:

Vasilisa is HARPVISION Prize winner, her solo recital will be presented by HarpMasters at the Belgrade Harp Festival in May 2013





Opening of the position Young Celebrity Master 2014. read more   

Chiara PedrazzettI: "HARP MASTERS 2012:  PURE GREATNESS!"


I was a bit worried about going to HarpMasters Academy for my fourth year in a row: what if it didn???t live up to previous years?

I needn???t have worried, because I can say that this was the best HarpMasters ever. The great organizer and harp teacher Irina Zingg always works really hard to make HarpMasters more and more complete, but this year she really excelled herself!

The program was absolutely excellent: we had a fantastic baroque workshop and concert by the astonishing Mara Galassi, a very useful and interesting orchestra workshop with Karen Vaughan and another one with the Russian harpist Maria Krushevskaya about Russian Ballett cadenzas. Very successful was the lecture by the energetic and charismatic Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, who gave us incredible tips relating to practice and concentration. She gave us great insight into how we develop our skills. In addition to this already rich program, Skaila Kanga and the amazing Milda Agazarian gave masterclasses, and at the Gala concert it was so good to hear everyone having improved so much during the week!

Throughout the week we had some friendly and very useful backstage talks with the guest artists. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to talk to these wonderful and successful harpists and to ask them everything we were always curious about. Some nice desserts added flavours to these very special nights! The kindness of the host families was amazing and for the whole week the atmosphere was so friendly and full of laughs! The table football was perfect for some moments of relaxation and the dinners in company were an occasion for general chit-chat and games??? except when we were too tired!

I can say that HarpMasters Academy was already a top masterclass, but now it just seems so important to the development of our instrumental and musical abilities that I can???t afford to miss it next year! Every year I learn so much in these ten days, and I meet nice harpists from around the world: some of whom have become my best friends nowadays!

See you at HarpMasters 2013: it is definitely worth it.

Chiara Pedrazzetti, Switzerland


Karen Vaughan: "My first time at HarpMasters Academy "

Imagine a picturesque Swiss village with a beautiful church suitable for concerts and an excellent restaurant called 'Bären Buchsi' (The Bears) which also has a performance space upstairs. Imagine a superb administrator who organizes more than two weeks of masterclasses, workshops and concerts with the co-operation of the local community. This is HarpMasters Academy, which takes place every summer in Muenchenbuchsee, Switzerland.

In July 2012 there was a separate course for the younger or less experienced harpists called 'HarpMasters FUTURE'. It was also my first year coaching this group with Irina Zingg. We had ten participants ranging in age from 11-21, representing Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, the UK and the USA. In five days of intensive masterclasses and private lessons they were ready to present their own concert in the village church. It was attended by parents, friends and an enthusiastic local audience, many of whom had generously opened their homes to the FUTURES ... bed-and-breakfast and the loan of a bicycle to ride between venues!
 
The Musikschule hosted the lessons, classes and fine practice facilities. Elisaveta Kozina gave the Young Celebrity Guest  recital at Saal Bären Buchsi, presenting a programme drawn from repertoire for the upcoming 2013 USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington. She gave a Backstage Talk afterwards and the following day she demonstrated the principles of Russian harp technique in an impromptu session with Irina ZIngg at which all the participants were given the warm-up exercises.
 
Dr.Carrol McLaughlin arrived at just the right point to inspire us for the final concert, with her tips on presentation and strategies for developing confidence on the platform. She also gave excellent jazz classes and a sell-out recital in the church after the PRO group joined us.
 
Another unplanned session which became necessary was the Blister workshop, in which all the course leaders suggested ways to cope with the effects of practising such unfamiliar long hours!
 
Several of the FUTURE group stayed on to listen to Maria Kruschevskaya's wonderful recital in the church, followed by another Backstage Talk. I was also involved in the crossover period, coaching the twenty students in the PRO group on orchestral repertoire of their choice.
 
HarpMasters FUTURE was an enriching experience for both students and teachers and I was very much reminded of the spirit of the old 'International Harpweeks' led by Phia Berghout and Maria Korchinska in Holland. We learned so much and forged international friendships to last a lifetime. Many thanks to Irina for organizing such a fantastic course, and to her husband Stefan Zingg and the people of Muenchenbuchsee for their cheerful support. I look forward to the next one!
 


Karen Vaughan
Head of Harp,
Royal Academy of Music, London



Irina Zingg: "Exciting Season for HarpMasters"

The Season 2011-12 was the busiest and most exciting ever for HarpMasters. The Seventh  HarpMasters Academy is just over and you will learn about it in upcoming reports of the teachers and participants.   I would like to highlight now a few moments from the last year, which are important for HarpMasters.

For the first time the Academy offered two, different level programs: the newly founded FUTURE Group for harpists up to intermediate level and the PRO group  offering an intensive detailed training for young professionals. Twenty PROs from all over the world, with more than half returning participants (for the 3rd, 4th or 7th time!!), came to Switzerland once again to gain  unique knowledge from our resident professors Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga. It was an honour to welcome to our HarpMasters family a new resident professor, Karen Vaughan, with whom I was privileged to coach our dedicated, talented, hard-working FUTURE Group of ten participants.

For the first time the concert program took the form of International Harp Festival ???HarpMasters???, as ever given a warm welcome not only by an enthusiastic local audience but also by ???house-guests??? from all over the Europe.

The Celebrity Guests gave remarkable recitals and coached both groups, with dedication and love, to the highest professional standard possible. Carrol McLaughlin tirelessly coached both groups in performance excellence and jazz. The highlight in the PRO group was long-awaited, detailed and highly professional training with Mara Galassi in baroque harp repertoire. Karen Vaughan and Maria Krushevskaya shared their precious experience of orchestra parts and the traditions of Russian Ballet Cadenzas in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, respectively.

While the program was extensive and intensive, the friendships and inspiration ??? key qualities to HarpMasters ??? reigned between us during three weeks.

Another new project was launched by HarpMasters this season. The new prize for young harpists, HARPVISION Prize, was established with the aim of supporting young professionals at the beginning of their career. The Prize, a CD recording and solo debut recital at HarpMasters Festival was given at the Ksenia Erdeli International Harp Competition 2012 to Vasilisa Lushchevskaya.

Time is independent and moves always forward. Since the launch of the first Academy seven years ago HarpMasters has grown continually. It is a great honour, (but also responsibility!) to have an extended HarpMasters community all over the world. The key values of HarpMasters: highest professional standards, inspiration and true friendships ??? unite the HarpMasters family and ensure its growth.





HARPVISION Prize

The prize for young harpists ???HARPVISION Prize??? is established by HarpMasters and initiated by Irina Zingg, Founder of HarpMasters. The Prize is aimed to support young harpists at the beginning of their careers and includes CD recording for ???HarpMasters Records??? and debut recital at the International Harp Festival ???HarpMasters??? in Switzerland.  The first HARPVISION Prize will be given at the First Ksenia Erdely International Harp Competition (www.erdelycompetition.ru), to be held in June 2012 in St.Petersburg.

The HARPVISION Prize is financiert by Association ???Friends of HarpMasters??? and HarpMasters Benefits concerts. The first Benefits concert was given by Vittoria Buzzi, Carolina Coimbra and Cristina La Bruna for the ???25th Jubilee of the Inner Wheel International Club District 199??? in May 2012 in Bern (www.innerwheel-bern.ch).




Carrol McLaughlin:
IMAGINE a magical setting where you are surrounded by some of the greatest and most inspiring harpists in the world! Imagine that all those harpists are there for YOU... to help make you the most amazing musician possible.
That is what happens at HarpMasters. Such extraordinary harpists and teachers as Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga and Karen Vaughn joining together to offer insights, knowledge, and direction as our wonderful participants perform in master classes, evening concerts, and workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts such as Park Stickney, Mara Galassi, Maria Krushevskaya and Irina Zingg. Come and be nurtured in an inspirational setting where the mission of everyone involved is to achieve the highest standards possible. I can't wait to see you there!

With Love

Carrol McLaughlin
Distinguished Professor of Harp
University of Arizona


Karen Vaughan:
I am absolutely delighted to be invited to join Irina Zingg in the coaching of the new HarpMasters FUTURE course.  It is so important for young harpists to have a good start to their studies and they are often quite isolated.  This is a wonderful chance to meet and hear other harpists in inspiring surroundings.  I have heard so much about the aims and achievements of HarpMasters from my dear friends and colleagues Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian, and also from students who have attended the courses over the past six years.  It is an exciting development to extend this opportunity to the younger players, a group which is dear to my heart.


 New!  HarpMasters FUTURE program

This year HarpMasters offer a new program HarpMasters FUTURE designed for young motivated harpists who want to make the best out of their harp experience in the coming summer. Beginners and intermediate level harpists will join the small group where a limited number of participants will allow  concentrating on the personal needs of each one. Sound production, memorization, technical aspects, organization of the practice sessions, performance on own???s best will be rounded up with such topics as development of musicality and interpretation, as well as ???introduction to jazz??? session.

Experienced and world recognized teachers Karen Vaughan and Irina Zingg will share their knowledge, skills and ???tipps & tricks??? with younger colleagues, Distinguished Professor Carrol McLaughlin will share her extraordinary knowledge on how to perform at one???s best, the ???Jazz-King??? Park Stickney will open the door to the fantastic and mysterious world of the jazz for classical harpist, and Young Celebrity Master Elizaveta Kozina will (come all the way down  from Russia)  inspire with her Young Celebrity Master???s recital.

Inspiration was the key word of the HarpMasters sessions in the past six years. And it will definitely stay in the centre of all activities of the HM FUTURE: masterclasses, private lessons, celebrity masterclasses, practice time, celebrity recitals and the highest point of the program ??? Harp GALA - where all participants will celebrate harp and harp talent.




International Harp Festival & Academy "HarpMasters" 2012
19 July - 4 August 2012


Milda Agazarian
Mara Galassi
Skaila Kanga
Maria Krushevskaya
Carrol McLaughlin
Park Stickney
Karen Vaughan
Irina Zingg



New publications of Maruka Music:
Minstrel???s Christmas
25 Christmas Carols and Songs
arranged by Skaila Kanga
Maruka Music
For beginners of all ages. Suitable for Lever or Pedal Harp.
www.marukamusic.com

SONATINE
by Maurice Ravel

Arranged for Flute, viola and harp  by  Skaila Kanga
Published by Maruka Music
www.marukamusic.com

This arrangement was first written in 1993 for the Nash Ensemble of London and premiered at the Wigmore Hall the following year.  Henri Dutilleux spoke of it as ???comme l???originale!???  after a performance at his birthday concert.  Since then it has been played very frequently at chamber concerts by the author and many friends and colleagues.  It is now being released as a LIMITED EDITION to include a score and parts in a special folder. Available at all well-known harp stores.

2011
Catherine Derrick, UK
HarpMasters 2011

Two years ago I came across Harpmasters whilst looking for a course to attend during the summer holidays.  It sounded absolutely perfect, and was everything I was looking for, full of opportunities to learn from some of the most wonderful teachers and performers in the whole of the harp world.  At first, I wondered if I would be able to manage it - so much is packed into those 8 days, including working with the world-class teachers, Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian.  Perhaps I was too young, and perhaps I would be completely out of my depth? ??? But it was too good an opportunity to miss, so I took the plunge, and I???m so glad I did. 

On the first day of the course, one of the most unexpected things for me was finding myself being immediately absorbed into the ???family??? of students who were attending from all over the world.  Some of them were new, and some were experienced ???harpmasters???; but this was the beginning of a new course for all of us, and the atmosphere was one of happy anticipation.  When the work was hard, there was a huge amount of mutual support, and I have made many lovely friends.

The course itself was incredibly rewarding.  Milda and Skaila are both wonderful teachers.  They help each student according to their individual levels of performance and experience; they give us real solutions to technical problems we have struggled with, and they bring out the potential in everyone with their unending energy and enthusiasm.  The latest guest professors??? Isabelle Moretti and Germaine Lorenzini, were inspirational, as you will have read from the other contributors to these pages, and so were the wonderful teachers and performers who were at my previous year???s course.  They have shared their experience and ideas for us to be inspired by, and I have learned so much from them. 
Harpmasters has given me a vision of what I can become capable of, and the individual care and attention of Skaila and Milda has given me the strength to aim for that.  They have shown me how to work in my practice, how to be self-driven, and above all, how to create the wonderful rich sound that I always had in my head, but was never able to produce on the harp.  I can never thank them enough.


Carolina Coimbra, Portugal
HarpMasters 2011
This was my third year in the HarpMaster Academy. Like last years it was an amazing and admirable week. As usually we had master classes with Skaila Kanga and Milda Arazarian, Professors in Residence. They are exceptional teachers. They are patient with us and we can see that they are really interested in helping us, technically and musically. They also teach us a lot on how to be on stage, when we are preparing the final Gala???s concert.
This year we had an remarkable masterclass with Isabelle Moretti and Germain Lorenzini. It was so interesting and we learnt so much.  Moretti???s concert was brilliant and the concert of Marielle Nordmann and Eduardo Garcia was so special! I had never heard a harp and a Bandoneon playing together! It was an outstanding moment.  At  HarpMasters Academy we also had the opportunity to listen to young???s talents Vasilisa Lushchevskaya and Elen Hydref.
At the end of the week we had the final gala???s concert. This is a great day since all the students had worked all the week for that magic moment. It's so gratifying to play to a wonderful audience and simultaneously be part of the audience and listen to splendid harpists! 
HarpMaster Academy is an unforgettable experience and I want to thank to Irina Zingg for making this possible!  Definitely I want to come back next year!


Heidi Ng Chin Ting, Hongkong
Learning from Learning

The Harp Master training has given me the golden opportunities to learn other new experiences, other than about the Harp itself.
First is the awareness of the importance of being open.
In the course, we have a number of master-classes, performances and concerts. In each event, each student has an opportunity to perform, and each of them has his/her own speciality when performing. If we would like to learn from one another, we must be open. Then, the training can turn as a good platform for mutual learning and sharing.  Contrastly, if we have a feeling of rejection and abomination, we will gain nothing. We have to remember that having confidence is good, but never let it depart from sensible humbleness!

Second and finally, the importance of having commitment.
Having openness to receive new messages is not enough but we should have strong commitment if we would like to be Harp Master. To start with, the first thing we have to do is Practice.  We all know that Practice makes Perfect.  Though practice is indeed boring sometimes, it helps us get closer to what we are playing and understand how we can play better.  I deeply believe that all successful Harp Masters are all keen on practising. Without this, we cannot say we love Harp.  With this, we can play the real Harp music. Therefore, I have to take this first step as I really love Harp and would like to be a committed Harp Master.

In conclusion, this summer training at International Harp Master Academy helps me understand myself more, and helps me improve further. 


Cristina La Bruna, Italy
HarpMasters is a magical world
The HarpMasters Academy  is for many harpists an island's salvation where you can find personalized answers for each harpist, as we are all different people! All teachers work in different aspects but towards one goal: to go up on the stage and play with pleasure for you and for public. This makes the HarpMasters course is so unique.
Skaila Kanga with her sympathy and exrodionary  experience will give you and your interpretations more harmonical balance as well as musical meaning. Milda Agazarian, with her perfect technique can resolve all your technical problems, realizing all your passages.
During HarpMaster, when you study or listen to other lessons, you fill a magic atmosphere, it is like a magical world!! Being part of HM,  I understood, how  important to listen to other people playing in order to improve your musicality and technique.
Listen to concerts of excellent musicians, meet them and talk to them at the Backstage talks is a very special opportunity. This year we had beautiful concerts: Vasilisa Lushchevskaya???s recital was so touching that I couldn???t move, Isabelle Moretti's recital - so fresh and touching, Tango music by Marielle Nordmann and Eduardo Garcia (Bandoneon) that gave us a different emotions and energy! And last was the wondefull recital of  Elen Hydref, with  special program included many contemporary pieces.

For me this year was the second time at HM and from first day, it was like seeing again my harp family, now with new members. It is so important compare your work with other harpists to improve yourself, to share news and experiences not only about the music but also about our life, so I say THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS OF HarpMasters!
I say thank you to Irina Zingg for Harp Masters existence and for all activities inside of HM.


Chiara Pedrazzetti, Switzerland
After the third year attending HarpMasters I have the pleasure of meeting my harpist friends from all over the world again!
HarpMasters is the best occasion for great relationships, fun and learning!


Laura Palmieri, USA
A Harp Filled Summer to Remember!
I was so honored to be able to have this opportunity of attending Harp Masters 2011. It all started when I was awarded a full music scholarship by Oakland University in the U.S. to attend the music program of my choice. After researching many harp summer programs, I felt that Harp Masters would give me the best experience in the world of harp music. Knowing that I would be going to Switzerland to study at HarpMasters was a musical dream come true. I felt so grateful and humbled because I knew that having this incredible, musical experience only comes once in a lifetime. I made up my mind that I would not take anything for granted and that I would soak up as much information as I could so that someday I would be able to share it with others back home.

Being there at Harp Masters made me appreciate the importance of the small details in music and harp technique.  I was able to see how every detail in phrasing, melody and even a single note is incredibly important in being able to create something extraordinary in a performance.

One of those extraordinary moments was listening to and meeting Isabelle Moretti. I never thought in my life that I would be able to meet and talk with one of my most favorite harpists in the world. Her beautiful spirit and encouragement I will always remember. Being able to listen to her in master class was such a great privilege that I will forever cherish.

Ms.Agazarian and Ms.Skanga were absolutely wonderful teachers! They were always so patient and so encouraging to me and I felt inspired after
every lesson. I was so grateful for them to share their extensive knowledge on sound and technique. I learned so much more with them in one week than in an entire semester of college!

By far, my most memorable and happy moments were spending time with my incredibly talented harp friends from all over the world. I felt like we were all family there and we were there to encourage and be there for each other. We were drawn from far and wide to HarpMasters to learn from each other to exchange our thoughts and experiences and to be able to just laugh and have fun as a group of harpists. I felt like there was no better place in the world that I could have found some of the best, most kind-hearted harpists like there were at HarpMasters 2011. What a wonderful joy I felt being there with you all!

I want to say a sincere Thank You for everyone who made this wonderful experience possible for me. It was one of the best times of my life and I hope HarpMasters will continue to touch the lives of every harpist in the world as it did in mine.  

See the article in "The Oakland Post" 

Mary Reid, UK
HarpMasters 2011
HarpMasters has become an annual treat for me- although I have already been five times (this year was my 6th course) I just keep coming back for more! The reasons really are self-evident: un-distracted study of music and the instrument I love, making new friendships (which endure across the miles and months) and a daily dose of inspiration from Milda and Skaila, two fantastic teachers??? plus the visiting artists. It sounds too good to be true, but it happens every summer in Switzerland!

This year was no exception. Having arrived straight from the Harp Congress in Vancouver, I was a little worried about the effects of jetlag, but there was no time to be tired as I was playing in a Masterclass for Milda the very next morning. Hearing my fellow harpists in class and observing the teaching of Milda and Skaila taught me so much about how to progress in my own daily study, and refreshed my ideas about practice methods and the famous Russian technique strengthening of the fingers. Their wise words continued to guide me in private lessons, as well as impacting majorly in my private practice both during the week and since I have returned back to London.

The visiting artists were also showed me the highest level of music making.  Isabelle Moretti stunned us all with her solo recital, playing such a wide range of styles, from Albeniz to Zabel. It was amazing to be able to speak with her face-to-face after the concert in her backstage talk where she gave sound advice about competitions, chamber music and her personal approach to the music. The next day was intensive, with a morning masterclass from Moretti and an afternoon with Germaine Lorenzini! I think I will never forget this day- when two such incredible artists opened up their minds and hearts to share their thoughts on music with us.

By the middle of the week, it was very refreshing to hear a concert that included an instrument other than harp! Marielle Nordmann gave a unique recital with the bandoneon player Eduardo Garcia, with Argentinian tango music to reach the soul. I was shocked to discover that they had been working together for so short a time; their performance seemed to flow from two people who had an inherent instinct as to the intention and action of their partner.  Chamber music is always a special event to witness as a listener but this really was beyond my ideas about what the harp could do- I can???t wait to try out some transcribing of my own and find an ???unusual??? instrument to play with!

Elen Hydref, my fellow student at the Royal Academy in London, gave the final guest recital of the week. It was a great encouragement to hear someone close to my own age giving such a confident and joyful performance.  Again, I felt energized that she had chosen some contemporary pieces that are not commonly played in harp recitals, giving my ears something fresh to listen to.
After the week was done, it was the turn of the course participants to perform. Skaila and Milda had carefully prepared us all week and honed in on the recital programme with a ???practice??? performance class and rehearsal to make the actual concert less daunting.  And so we ended the week of demanding learning with a really rewarding chance to share.

Of course, all this would have been impossible without Irina and the support of her husband Stefan. She was constantly busy: teaching, driving, typing programmes, sorting practice rooms and smoothing over any hitches. Thanks to Irina???s ceaseless hard work Harpmasters keeps moving forward: this year we held the first meeting for the Young Masters Board to brainstorm new ideas.  So who knows what Harpmasters will be like in future years?! One thing can be certain though: the incredible quality of the course will always be reaching higher and higher, for the best standards of music possible.


Veronika Lemishenko, Ukraine
HarpMasters 2011: bright and fascinating

This year`s HarpMasters was especially bright and fascinating! And largely thanks to Germaine Lorenzini and Isabelle Moretti. They brought some fresh and inspiring flow and gave us so much experience, knowledge and desire to develop!....
 
Fabulous concert by Isabelle Moretti with her delicate musicality and fiery expression of emotion and next day - exciting master-classes where we had an opportunity to learn from such magnificent, experienced.... world-class harpists - Isabelle Moretti and Germaine Lorenzini.

Personally for me it was very thrilling - play to Isabelle Moretti one of the best performed by her piece, Impromptu by Faure. And she helped me so much!! Especially interesting and figuratively was her description of the intricacies of French music... and how to express your feelings and desires through playing, to live with it.... it became much clearer to me!
I hope that I can keep and develop everything that Isabelle Moretti gave me.

And then we listened master-class from Germaine Lorenzini! It was so breathtaking, unusual,
she brought with a few words so much fire and `enlivened` music, she knew exactly what to do! Amazing.....

We all were so impressed by their master-class... MARVELLOUS MUSICIANS!!!

Thanks so much to Camac Harps for sponsoring Celebrity Masters Guests program and for these unforgettable days!



Anne-Sophie Vrignaud, France
HarpMasters is a joy!

Harpmasters a ?t? une exp?rience tr?s riche, autant d'un point de vue professionnel que d'un point de vue personnel. La combinaison entre les cours, les concerts et la possibilit? de consacrer son temps ? son instrument rend ce stage d'?t? absolument parfait. D'autant que les cours, les masterclasses et les concerts sont d'une qualit? exceptionnelle.  Les professeurs sont compl?mentaires ce qui permet d'am?liorer la technique, la musicalit? et d'aborder diff?rentes interpr?tations. Ce qui m'a beaucoup apport?, ce sont les concerts, agrandissant la palette de couleurs de la harpe et le travail de pr?cision avec les diff?rents professeurs. Ce f?t une v?ritable chance de rencontrer les participants et l'?quipe de Harpmasters. Bravo ? la cr?atrice et organisatrice Irina Zingg. L'ann?e va ?tre longue, en attendant patiemment le "cru 2012" de Harpmasters.

Annamaria Gergely
Thoughts on HarpMasters???

Part I ??? French Story
In 2011 for the very first time I experienced Harp Masters Academy in Switzerland. I came away with many emotions trying to fit them in the most suitable "boxes" of my life as a performing artist and as a person .

Thoughts and ideas still go through my mind as thunders ever since I left that place. It takes time and reflection on that massive amount of information, gathered during a very intense period of time.
It needs to settle, flourish and mature like the most exquisite French wine.

There is a reason why I mention French in my description, as I find the French way of performing the most complete, enriching way towards achieving a full bodied artistic result!

It is the sensitivity, it is the fire, the flames and its different shades from bright yellow to dark red and purple, it is the flirtation with every single note, and the courage to court the most majestic sounds and go beyond those fears of being on stage while attempting to reach out to the audiences' deepest emotions, grab them and take them on a musical journey. Your journey!

When interpreting music one must dare to let it flow or to cut it short, one must dare to shock and to absorb, one must dare to run away in flames and return like the most peaceful sea of waves and calmness.
Music is passion in the true sense of the word! Passion for love, life and giving!

Music making is probably one of the most complex professions one can have, if trying to get to the highest possible level. It' s not easy but it is not impossible, and the latter should be kept deep inside our minds. It needs an immense amount of focusing, thinking, and intelligent practice of personally suitable technique and interpretation. Every note must be thought through, every note has to become our second nature, every note has to come as the most natural continuance of our emotions, with consideration towards the composer's message, the musical period's rules and expectations, so that as a result we may reach full aesthetic entity.

Isabelle Moretti and Germaine Lorenzini pulled and pushed all these emotions through my inner being and dipped it into their fantastic world of passion, intelligence and fire.
I will be forever thankful for those hours of happiness and pure joy of being with the most amazing two harpists and professors I have ever met!

Part II ??? New skills, inspiration, friendships...

All the emotions mentioned above came to my mind after probably the most complex week concerning learning and perfectioning, but in fact it was way more than that! It was enlightenment, putting one of the many final touches, it was a step towards bettering myself as a performing artist.

Every professor had something else to offer and the capability to choose what fits one best out of all the taught method is probably the most important process one has to go through to deeply understand the true meaning of making quality music and producing descriptive sounds  when interpreting.

Milda Agazarian is probably the kindest, most patient and sweetest Harp Professor I have ever met. Studying with her is extremely rewarding, complex and punctual. She is very special to me and I will keep and treasure every word she said, hoping that I will be able to learn many more things from her in the years to come.

The presence of butterfly like Marielle Nordmann is an enriching experience on many levels. The tenderness and magic of her sound puts us on a sunny journey. The duo with Eduardo Garcia, bandoneon player, gave us a different perspective on playing the harp. It was traditional in its own way but highly innovative. Thank you both for the wonderful performance!

I would also like to say a special 'Thank You' to Skaila Kanga for sharing her experiences and knowledge as a performing artist and professor of harp. It was an accumulation of knowledge, rich in advices and interesting approaches.

Irina Zingg, our beloved organizer, professor and friend has given us more than teaching! She gave us the possibility of getting together from all over the world sharing our experiences in our careers, meeting new, interesting people, learning together and from each other, and the chance to absorb from all these wonderful professors, their invaluable lessons of music and life.

Thank You, dearest Irina!

Skaila Kanga, Professor-in-Residence

HarpMasters 2011
Harpists, teachers and supporters gathered from literally all over the globe - USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, England, Scotland and Wales - to join in the 6th Harpmasters course in  Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland. What an incredible line up of celebrities we had this time- Isabelle Moretti, Germaine Lorenzini, Marielle Nordmann as well as our two young harpmasters stars Vasilisa Lushchevskaya and Elen Hydref from the Moscow Academy and the Royal Academy of Music, London.

The creation of the new junior department was also a great success, to be continued each year.

Two thirds of the participants returned from last year, a true testimony of the ongoing success of the Harpmasters programme. Many came back with improved tone, technique and style. Many departed with new musical ideas, ways to strengthen tone, and technique, but most of all renewed friendships and another group of new harp friends from wider afield.

I personally am very proud of being part of this process. The chance to meet my own harp heroes has always been exciting, but it must surely be a dream for our young generation  to be in such close contact with these wonderful artists.

Long may we have the strength and determination to continue this work. I send you all my warmest greetings for the coming year and look forward to seeing many of you again in 2012.


?????????? ????????????  Milda Agazarian, Professor-in-Residence
HARP MASTERS 2011. ??????????????????
. HarpMasters 2011: Afterword

 
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Events: reports, photos, booking, schedule


HarpMasters in Moscow, March 2011


Irina Zingg, Founder and Director, HarpMasters
The second ???HarpMasters on the Road??? experience took place in Moscow during the 11th Moscow International Harp Festival (Founder and Artistic Director ??? Milda Agazarian). Six young harpists ??? participants of HarpMasters Academy delighted the highly-demanding  Moscow public with their skills and great enthusiasm. Read more

Mary Reid, HM participant 2006 - 2010, student of the Royal Academy of Music, London
My experience in Moscow was incredibly life-enhancing. To see not only the city and the culture where so many musical legends have worked and studied, but also to play alongside Russian virtuoso harpists of today was a chance I never thought I would have, especially while I was still a student!  Read more


Chiara Pedrazzetti, student of the Zurich High School of Arts
After months of ???I???m looking forward to it!!!??? March came and so began our adventure..on the road to Russia!
Before talking about the Harp Festival, or Moscow, I must say that the fact of again meeting Milda, Mary, Veronika , Masha was the biggest pleasure ever. These beautiful people helped to make this time unforgettable. Thank you for taking care of us and being with us all the time! Read more


Vittoria Buzzi, student of the Zurich High School of Music
HarpMasters ist nicht nur ein fantastischer Sommerkurs, sondern auch ein Programm, das während dem ganzen Jahr die HarfenistInnen begleitet, die internationale Welt der Harfe zu entdecken. Im März wurden Chiara Pedrazzetti, Mary Reid und Vittoria Buzzi eingeladen, am Event von "HarpMasters on the Road" -  ???HarpMasters in Moskau??? teilzunehmen. Read more


2010

November 29, 2010

"HARP MASTERS?  Heaven for any harpist!"

Harp Masters is the dream of every harpist: a week of study, concerts, talking and laughing. Harp Masters is the best occasion to improve and to refine both technique and musicality, with intense study, individually and in groups, in which every detail is carefully planned.

Thanks to this fantastic Masterclass organized by the untiring Irina Zingg, I learnt a lot and met harpists from all over the world.
I learnt both from playing and from listening to the other partecipants, thanks to the explanations of the two excellent harpists and Professors "In Residence": Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian.

I enjoyed the concerts of the special guests - Ion Ivan Roncea, Elinor Bennett - and also the backstage talks, where the "stars" told us about their experiences and they generously gave advice to us about our musical careers and otherwise.

It was a priviledge to play in duet with Marielle Nordmann, talk to Milda and Skaila, meet many wonderful people and play at the "Gala Concert"!

Harp Masters is an experience which I would recommend to every harpist who wants to work in a cheerful and stimulating atmosphere, guided by extraordinary musicians.

....I'll see you next year!

Chiara Pedrazzetti, Switzerland

October 17, 2010

Skaila Kanga: HarpMasters 2010

From every corner of the world, 17 young aspiring harpists gathered in Muenchenbuchsee, Switzerland for the 5th successive year of the HarpMasters programme of study. This little village near Berne provides a quiet modern facility for lessons and practice, a beautiful church for guest recitals and a perfect medium-sized concert hall for our final Gala Concert. Our students played to a packed enthusiastic audience.

Together with my dear friend and colleague Milda Agazarian from the Russian Music Academy, we promoted a harmonious but intense teaching and practising regime with an opportunity to enhance musicality, sound and presentation, remedy technique and inspire our 2010 harp family for just over one week. The results were truly staggering this year. The level visibly rose throughout the week and we hope this will send out a message to both new and present students that HarpMasters will give them a passion to continue their artistic journeys with greater determination.  I especially revelled in the huge progress made by our returning students.

Our guests provide a wider insight into other countries??? harp experiences and this year Ion Ivan Roncea and Elinor Bennett did just this with their diverse programmes of Roumanian works and traditional Welsh songs. Our Backstage talks included competitions, stage nerves, triple harp and the legacy of Britten and Osian Ellis.

Park Stickney held his usual jazz days and once again Marielle Nordmann, our Resident Celebrity Guest thrilled us with the chance for some students to play in duo with her and also through her words of wisdom and encouragement.

We grow year by year from these precious moments and lasting friendships are made as well as giving support to students who are more isolated in their home countries.

As a teacher I am immensely proud of the dedication and hard work that occurs without fail in this week and I look forward to seeing many of you again next year as well as welcoming new students, so spread the word that HarpMasters is here to stay!

Have a wonderful, happy harping year!

I send you all my affection and greetings,


Skaila



October 7, 2010

Mary Reid: 5th International Harp Academy ???HarpMasters ???

Returning to HarpMasters for the fifth time this summer, I was filled with extra excitement and nervousness: Harpmasters had moved from Aarau to Muenchenbuchsee and I little knew what to expect. However, with Irina???s expert organization skills, the new venue proved to be ideal for detailed study of music and the continuation of musical journeys, which is what is at the heart of Harpmasters.

I arrived to find the Jazz workshop in full swing, with 8 harps arranged in the car park, jamming away with Park Stickney. It sounded like many participants had their eyes and ears open to the chromatic and harmonic possibilities of our instrument and couldn???t wait to experiment some more. However, next day the master-classes with Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga began and so our thoughts turned to the classical genre???

The private lessons, daily master-classes and hours of private practice really demonstrated what can be achieved when we listen to our tone quality, concentrate absolutely on what the music is trying to say and dedicate ourselves to improving our level. Even within one short week, the intensity of musical study really shone through; there was a radical change in every single participant by the final concert, which was a testament to the Professors??? care and attention with each individual and the willingness to explore new avenues of our personal musical lives.

Our daily routine was supplemented by three visiting harpists. Ion Ivan Roncea gave a strong opening concert and a fascinating back-stage talk illuminating the pros and cons of competitions and different makes of harp. Later in the week, Elinor Bennett performed both classical concert harp works and native Welsh triple harp repertoire, giving us a demonstration the following day at her master-class; most of us were dizzy just trying to work out which string was which! Marielle Nordmann returned this year with a master-class of duos and solos. Her musical presence was magnetic and infectious, and everyone was touched by her messages about music.  We were also treated to a demonstration of Russian Harp Technique, which raised everyone???s warm-ups to a whole new level!

There is nothing like Harpmasters. Where else can you spend ten days in the company of fellow harpists, with Skaila and Milda opening eyes to the profundity of music, with no distractions from the harp? Each year, I learn more and more, and it is a joy to see both familiar and new faces also engaging so actively with the world of music. I leave every year with some regret and sadness, but looking forward immensely to the next summer, and Harpmasters once again.


June 15, 2010                                      
HarpMasters announce the Young Celebrity Artist 2010 - Maria Mikhailovskaya (Russia).

May 28, 2010                                      

Dear harpist friends,

"I would like to welcome you this year once again to this special time of sharing and emotion. Let us find together the path of music and also of life. In experiencing those  special moments of joy and discovery together, I would like to say: " It is not me who teaches, but you who will learn!"

Marielle Nordmann


April 22, 2010

Three students of Milda Agazarian were the prize winners during the "Second Wales International Harp Festival": Sophia Kalandadze - Junior Competition, Second Prize; Valeria Voschenikova - Youth Competition, First Prize; Elizaveta Kozina - Chief Musician Competition, First Prize. Congratulations!
 

April 15, 2010

 Dear harpist friends
 
This summer for the 5th trime we will enjoy another special opportunity to meet, work together, share our experiences and to inspire each other.

The length and breadth of the  experience of my colleagues and our sincere intention to share it with you, as well as the passionate desire of you young harpists to enrich your knowledge and develop your skills, helps to create this unique atmosphere at each successive year of ???HarpMasters???.

I look forward to meeting my dear colleagues and young talented harpists, who come every year from all parts of the world to share their passion and love of music and the harp.
 
Sincerely yours,

Milda Agazarian



March 30, 2010


Dear harpist friends and colleagues,

It is my privilege to be invited as Celebrity Guest during the 5th ???HarpMasters??? Academy in Switzerland in July 2010.

This will be a great opportunity for me to play in front of an inspiring audience, to listen to old friends harpists and meet new harp talents and ???Espoires???.

Come to this wonderful experience and share with us the joy of music, the friendship and  the high professional mastership of my colleagues!

See you soon,

Ion Ivan-Roncea

 

March 10, 2010

Dear harpist friends

After last year's outstanding course I am sure you will warmly welcome back Marielle Nordmann as our Resident Guest Masterclass Tutor. To inspire you further we have Ion Ivan-Roncea and Elinor Bennett as visiting artists. I am looking forward to hearing their fresh ideas and experiences.

I hope to see many of you return from last year as well as new students from all over the world. I know we will have a great time and yet again make lasting new friends.


Best wishes to you all,

Skaila Kanga


2009

February 12, 2010

HARP MASTERS 2009

by Laura Peh

Laura is the participant at HarpMasters 2009 and the winner of the 3rd Prize at the 2009 International Harp Youth Competition in Thailand.

Harp Masters 2009 was an experience like no other. It was my first time participating in this course and I did not know what to expect. Harpists, both students and professionals of all ages, regulars and newcomers, practically came from around the globe ??? Lithuania, France, Japan, Russia, Venezuela, Italy and England, just to name a few. The fast-paced week was filled with masterclasses, private lessons, concerts, workshops, individual practice and ensemble rehearsals. But who could forget the opening highlight? ??? A jazz workshop by Park Stickney.

The workshop took no delay in beginning. Park first introduced us to the principles of jazz and immediately taught us the fundamentals ??? chords, bass line and improvisation, amongst others. We were then split up into groups and began working on a couple of jazz favourites. The workshop ended by all harpists coming together to play So What by Miles Davis.

The week ahead was intense, and yet, fun-filled. There were daily masterclasses, private lessons and all of us had individual practice times. The schedule was so packed, in a good way, that we had almost no distractions and could solely concentrate on playing the harp and learning. The atmosphere and ambience of the participants, professors and the Herzberg convention centre, where the course was held, was extremely friendly and supportive.

Isabelle Perrin???s masterclass on almost all French pieces opened our minds to different ideas and concepts on how they could be interpreted as well as the story behind a piece by Bernard Andr?s, a French composer which Isabelle specialises in. Her recital, comprising of works from the standard repertoire, gave us a refreshed and familiar feel, and also gave us a chance to witness her flawless technique.

Marielle Nordmann???s recital, several days later, in contrast, consisted of various works transcribed for harp. Her extraordinary musicality captivated all and everyone left the hall in awe. We also could not have missed Ursula Holliger, who specially came down from Basel, to give masterclasses on Marcel Grandjany???s Fantasie sur un th?me de Haydn as well as contemporary music.

The course finally came to an end with a final recital in a lovely church in Aarau. The concert opened with a piece for harp ensemble, containing different styles of music, by British composer David Snell, followed by solo works by the participants. The last gem was put into place by Ukrainian harpist, Veronika Lemishenko, who herself, several days before the start of the course, gave a solo recital in Aarau.

Much appreciation and many thanks must go to the two professors-in-residence ??? Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga, jazz workshop professor ??? Park Stickney, guest artists ??? Isabelle Perrin, Marielle Nordmann and Ursula Holliger, artistic director ??? Irina Zingg, all parents and supporters, and of course, the participants. After an intense week, I went home tired but satisfied. I had learnt so much during the well-organised course, made many new friends and become inspired. It was undoubtedly a week that I will never forget and am looking forward to the next one.



December 4, 2009
 

HARP MASTERS 09

by Esther Severac

Esther has won the Special Prize, given by HarpMasters, at the Swiss Competition of Young Musicians in 2008. She was back to HM this year. Here she shares with you her impressions.

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A week like "HarpMasters" is enriching in lots of different aspects : not only because we have wonderful teachers and amazing guest stars, who inspire us in very different ways. But such a harp week is also precious because we all understand that we are not alone. Actually, there are also others who have the same passion, the same problems with pedals, arms, fingers, articulation, thumb, whatever !... and we can learn so much from the others, especially because we have different origins and different backgrounds. This week I spoke a lot of english, but I even tried to speak a bit of italian, and I am very proud of a japanese word I learnt !

 

I had the opportunity this week to work with Ursula Holliger on the "Sequenzen", a piece written by Heinz Holliger especially for her ; I was so lucky about that, because she knows the piece more than anyone else, and I felt really impressed to work with a woman who has great experience and who knows many composers personally.

 

Both concerts of Isabelle Perrin and Marielle Nordmann were fabulous : we also got the chance to talk to them and asking them questions in a very relaxed atmosphere, eating cake and drinking tea... these moments are unique ! Park Stickney impressed us all during his jazz workshop ; he even performed a piece at the end of the day, and it was a very intense moment.

 

I enjoyed the Final Gala concert thoroughly, and I think it is also because I spent a wonderful week ; I was so proud of all the new things I had learnt during masterclass and private lessons. Our two professors, Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga, have very different ways of teaching and different points of view ; having lessons with both of them is the best way to make our own opinions, to find our own way to play and to express ourselves.

 

I hope I will come back and meet new friends and talented harpists. A big thank you to Irina : without her, nothing could be possible.


Best wishes to all,
Esther


November 14, 2009
 

HARP MASTERS 09 by

HM Young Celebrity Artist 09

VERONIKA LEMISHENKO

(Ukraine)


It was my first time on HarpMasters and I was so happy to be there with all the students, professors and organizers. Thank you all for your great and such friendly company. It was very interesting for me and I met such a nice people and learned a lot too!

Jazz classes with Park Stickney, masterclasses witn Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian were thrilling, full of knowledge and a very useful experience for me.

In addition to all that, there were brilliant and inspiring concerts from Isabelle Perrin and Marielle Nordmann!! I think for all of us it has meant so much. We listened to pieces which we all knew and pieces which we had never heard of! It was truly unbelievable!!

Hope to see you all again.



November 1, 2009
Participant report by
Mary Reid


Mary is the 4th time participant at HM. she has won a scholarship for the Bmus course at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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HarpMasters 2009 proved, once again, to be both an extreme experience of musical learning and a revelation of music???s joys for all involved.

 

The jazz day kicked off the week, with Park Stickney impressing us all with his pedal slides and fast sevenths. After an intense ???how-to??? in jazz basics, we were all jamming away to Miles Davis??? ???So What??? to rapturous applause from listening parents and the local radio and television stations!

 

Lessons, practice and master-classes commenced the next day with the dedicated professors Milda Agazarian and Skaila Kanga. And on the very first night, Isabelle Perrin treated us to a blow-away recital. Her backstage talk afterward reflected her generous musical outlook, giving us all suggestions on how to be great musicians and not just settle for being good harpists. This theme continued in her master-class the following day, where we were given a wake-up call about the details and precision of music. Over the following few days, we immediately started putting these ideas, along with those inspired by Milda and Skaila, into our daily practice.

 

On Sunday, after an extra class by Ursula Holliger on Haydn???s ???Fantaisie??? and contemporary music, came the second recital, given by Marielle Nordmann. Her journey through Spanish music was a tribute to her life-long dedication to her art. In her music and later at her backstage talk, emotions came pouring out and there wasn???t a dry eye to be seen by the end of the evening.

 

With just three days to go to the final concert, the professors and every participant doubled their efforts in lessons, practice and master-classes. The local woodwind festival definitely seemed to notice as they came and danced along to our ensemble rehearsal of ???Latin??? by David Snell, complete with maracas and dancing harpists!

 

The group of students (the largest ever on record for Harpmasters) was also one of the most dedicated, and over the course of the week all rose above and beyond what even they thought they were capable of to produce an unforgettable Final Gala Concert. Despite the heat and a few harp mishaps, the Concert was professional and a wonderful celebration of the energy and enthusiasm of Milda, Skaila and Irina, as well as all the students.

 

At HarpMasters, I always am pushed to achieve my best, and with the supportive atmosphere and being surrounded by so many harpists of such a high level, I feel inspired to rise to this challenge. Even though we were only together for one week, there was a real bond between all the participants, and what we learned and experienced will surely affect our music for the rest of our lives.



September 21, 2009
4th International Harp Academy "HarpMasters"

Press Release

Bern, 21st September, 2009 ??? The 4th International Harp Academy HarpMasters took place between 11-21 August 2009 in Herzberg/Aarau, Switzerland.

The most number of participants yet (19), travelled from England, Japan, USA, Austria, Lithuania, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, and for the first time from Venezuela and Singapore. Some of the participants returned for the 4th time to the Academy.

"We were happy to welcome back our Professors-in-Residence Skaila Kanga, Professor and Head of Harp Studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Milda Agazarian, Professor of Harp at the Russian Academy of Music (Moscow)???, says Irina Zingg, Director and Founder of the IHA HarpMasters. Star Jazz Harpist Park Stickney, took our popular Jazz Department and shared his outstanding knowledge and experience with young colleagues.

Since 2006 the HarpMasters' Celebrity Artists Series has brought worldclass harp stars to Switzerland - Catrin Finch, Emmanuel Ceysson, Maria Krushevskaya, Gwyneth Wentink, Catherine Michel, Dan Yu. This year we welcomed Isabelle Perrin, who gave a recital and masterclass sponsored by Camac Harps (www.camac-harps.com) and Marielle Nordmann, who gave the outstanding recital.

Salvi Harps (www.salviharps.com)  was the sponsor of Harps and Accessories, providing 9 Concert Harps for the daily classes and private practice.

To broaden up the musical horizons of our young musicians, HarpMasters 09 opened its Contemporary Music Department. Ursula Holliger conducted the first workshop on contemporary pieces by Carter, Hosokawa and Heinz Holliger.

A spontaneous lecture on Russian Technique Essentials was given by Milda Agazarian and Veronika Lemishenko. This was received with great interest and enthusiasm and this will now be a regular topic at each HarpMasters -  Harp Technique Essentials.

4th HarpMasters also started a new series - Young Celebrity Artist ??? this year introducing Veronica Lemishenko, the winner of the 3rd Prize of the 6th International Harp Competition - Arpista Ludovico. The Young Celebrity Artist is feartured in a solo recital as well receiving a scholarship for full participation on the HM course.

In addition, HarpMasters 09 sponsored a Special Prize in the Harp Category of the SJMW ??? Swiss Competition of the Young Musicians???. 9 year old Tjasha Gafner from Lausanne has won the prize and took part as an auditor on the HM course.

The Swiss First Performance of a new work was given during the final gala concert of David Snell???s Prelude, Rock Blues and Latin for 6 concert harps and percussion section of 12 young harpists.


HarpMasters 09 was covered by our media: DRS1 reported on a regional as well a national level. The TV station of Aarau TeleM1 covered the jazz day, broadcasting it the following day on every hour.

Achievements of the 2008-09 Season:

Mary Reid ??? 4th time participant, has won a scholarship for the BMus Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London

Akiko Iwaki ??? 2nd time participant, has won a scholarship for the MA Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London

Jimin Lee ??? 2nd time participant has won the 3rd Prize in the 'Cite des Arts' Competition in Paris

Emmanuel Ceysson ??? Celebrity Artist 2006 ??? is the 1st Prize Winner of the ARD Contest in Munich

 

 

The mission of the International Harp Academy  "HarpMasters" is:

- to be an innovative Harp Summer Academy, which invests in the young talanted harpists from all over the world and supports their talent

- to make possible the exchange between them and great harp masters of today

- to support high artistic and technical level of harp performance


- to bring the harp to a broader audience


The 5th International Harp Academy  "HarpMasters"  will take place in July 2010 in Switzerland.

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Further sources:

Official website: www.harpmasters.com

Facebook: Harpmasters Academy Group (reports, over 300 photos)

DRS1: national   and regional reports

TeleM1



August 24, 2009

Well dear friends,

We completed our 4th HarpMasters course with a great bunch of 18 students from literally all over the globe! They travelled from America, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Lithuania, England, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Venezuela and of course Switzerland  to be with us on another intense search for better music- making, sound, technique, styles and a whole load of friendship as well as a awe-inspiring guest artists who played and talked with us about almost everything!

As usual our Park Stickney gave a jazz class which was filmed by the national TV news station and broadcast every hour for the next day!  Isabelle Perrin gave a varied and interesting recital and masterclass; Ursula Holliger a class on Grandjany's Fantasie and talked about her lessons with him and her life's work, my dear friend and colleague Milda Agazarian instructed us all on how to build a 'stock' of strong technique and sound Russian style, but surely the highlight of this year was undoubtedly the visit of one of the greatest artists on our instrument Marielle Nordmann. Through her mesmerising recital and later by her warmth and encouragement we all found our true purpose and goals in our own hearts. We will all remember this moment.

I personally was inspired by the determination to improve and the friendship of our students, who gave a really memorable and uplifting musical performance on the last night. I look forward to seeing them again in the future on their musical journey.

I send my love and best wishes to you all,


Professor Skaila Kanga
Royal Academy of Music
London, U.K.



 

July 8, 2009
Dear Harpist Friends,

I???m looking forward to another jazz harp course at HarpMasters.  We???ll be exploring basic jazz theory  (especially with regards to the harp), in a friendly, but incredibly useful way, and will learn a few standards.  If this is your first time, no need to panic, we???ll take it from the beginning.  And if you???re already playing jazz (or have already taken courses with me), we???ll revisit the basic principles, explore the ideas I???ve been playing with this year, and try out some new tunes.
Also, as in past years, there???s the possibility to take private lessons on the 11th of August, the day before the workshop.
Looking forward to see you!
Best regards,
Park Stickney


 June 11, 2009
Greetings from Isabelle Perrin
???It is my greatest pleasure to take part in this worldwide renowned Harp Masters, run now for a few years by the greatest harpists and teachers. And I am really looking forward to having a wonderful time there with you all!???
Isabelle Perrin


March 28, 2009

Dear Harp Masters, dear Friends
A warm welcome to the 4th edition of "HarpMasters". We all look forward to the truth celebration of harp talent and mastership, exchange of ideas and inspiration.
Thanks to your generous comments, we are able to develop and adjust the program to your most desirable needs. Coming summer, we are honoured to welcome remarkable harpists to our Celebrity Guests program: Isabelle Perrin, Ursula Holliger and Marielle Nordmann. As previsious years, we thank you our loyal and generous sponsor of harps and harp accessories Salvi Harps and welcome our new supporter ??? sponsor of Guest Artists Program - Camac Harps.
Our jazz workshop has proved its popularity once again last year. Coming summer Park Stickney will work with you to master up your skills, as well as will welcome jazz beginners. As always, Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarain will be there to share their extrodionary skills, mastership, knowledge and `tipps & tricks` with you all. Bring your family and friends alone to attend our popular Final Gala and Celebrity concerts, where we all celebrate the harp and harp talent. We all looking forward to welcome you coming summer!
 
Sincerely,

Irina Zingg
Academy Director

March 12, 2009 

Dear students and friends of Harp Masters

Well the new year is fast speeding by and it is time to consider our summer harp activities once again. This year we have the pleasure of welcoming very special guests  Marielle Nordmann, Ursula Holliger and Isabelle Perrin as well as our one and only King of Jazz Harp Park Stickney.

I do hope you will join us for a stimulating and performance- enhancing experience as well as making new friends and rejoining old ones. I look forward to seeing you all in August at Herzberg.


Best wishes,

Professor Skaila Kanga

Royal Academy of Music

London, U.K.

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February 6, 2009

JiMin Lee, HM participant 2006 and 2007, has won the 3rd Prize in the 'Cite des Arts' Competition in Paris (November 2008). Mary Reid (HM particpant 2006-08) has won the scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music for the BMus course. Congratulations!!


October 24, 2008
HARP MASTERS 2008

by MARY REID


It???s hard to know where to start in my praise of HarpMasters 2008! The course was so thorough that it can felt as if I???d had a lifetime???s worth of experience, all squeezed into one very intense week.

At the jazz workshop, the day before the official course started, Park Stickney once again impressed us with his quick wit and even quicker pedal changes. Fast sevenths, open and closed chords, tri-tone substitution and improvisation first thing in the morning was a fast-paced learning experience, but luckily the private sessions in the afternoon gave everyone the chance to voice their personal queries and get to grips with jazz technique. We ended the day by playing ???Giant Steps??? (a Coltrane classic) all together before heading off for the welcome barbeque??? This was a lovely relaxing way to begin the week and meet all the participants and professors, especially as Dan Yu had also arrived and we could get to know her as a person before meeting her as a recital artist.

In the days that followed, I was taken on a musical journey like no other. Every morning was devoted solely to private practice or private lessons and after lunch we had master-classes and ensemble practice until dinner. Having no distractions from this daily harp workout was the perfect setting to strive for a higher level of musicality, and the supportive atmosphere of all the other students working for the same goal definitely helped me to raise my performance standard, even in the space of one short week. Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian set the perfect example for all the students; they put so much energy and thought into every second of their sessions with us and were so patient while at the same time pushing us to play our very best.

Dan Yu???s concert and backstage talk was very inspirational and it was helpful to ask her questions about what life as a professional solo artist is really like as she was very generous with her time and honesty. Catherine Michel???s master-class taught me so much about the French harp school of Tournier and Hasslemans and I can hardly wait to try out her suggestions on my own French repertoire.

Performing in three public recitals in one week was a whirlwind experience for me; I am still at school and don???t get much opportunity to perform solos. I discovered by the end of the week that I just couldn???t wait to be back on stage and the final recital (where all the participants played) was the most special moment of all as we were sharing our music with each other as well as with the adoring public of Aarau!

All week Irina was transporting harps, stools, stands and making sure everyone was all right. She set the tone of the course, as being seriously devoted to the highest standards of music making while an encouraging and accommodating place in which to study. I made so many new friends from the USA, Japan, Spain, the UK, and of course Switzerland, which just goes to show that music truly can transcend human barriers of language and culture. HarpMasters 2008 was, without question, a success for all involved and an inspiration to every harpist there.

 

September 15, 2008


SKAILA KANGA reports on HarpMasters 2008


As the 3rd `HarpMasters` Summer Academy draws to a close, we have once again  achieved even higher levels of musical exploration and performance this year. What an international group of young harpists we had - they came from Japan, China, USA, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, Wales,  Scotland and England to further their boundaries. Dan Yu and Catherine Michel were our inspiring guest artists and Park Stickney attracted a large group for his jazz workshop day.
 
There were three concert opportunities during the course and our students took up the challenge with high professionalism. I personally really enjoyed working with new and former students and revelled in their imporvement from year to year and especially during the week. I look forward to meeting this generation of dedicated young musicians next year. Please spread the word about our wonderful experience to your friends.

Greetings, love and best wishes to you all.

Professor Skaila Kanga
Royal Academy of Music
London, U.K. 

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 August 7, 2008

The HarpMasters is proud to announce the luanch of HarpMasters Edition. The first publication, THE LARK by Glinka-Balakirev, edited for harp by Milda Agazarian, is out now!

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June 29, 2008

Giulia Ott has won the First Prize at the First International E. Parish-Alvars Trophy for Young Talents. Giulia participated in HarpMasters 2007 program and will return this year. Congratulations, Giulia! 

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June 25, 2008

On Sunday June 29th Claire Jones, Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, will perform with The Welsh Sinfonia in a special concert in aid of The British Red Cross Myanmar Cyclone and China Earthquake Appeal. Claire participated in `HarpMasters`2007 and will return this year. For more activities of Claire Jones, please visit her official site

www.clairejones.co.uk
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May 24, 2008

Dear Harp Friends,

This is to let you know about the jazz course at this year???s International Harp Academy ???Harp Masters??? in Switzerland this August.  Last year???s course was a big success, and I???m very happy to report that I???ve been asked to continue the jazz program as a permanent member of the team.

This year???s course will involve a group class as well as private lessons.  The group class will be a combination workshop and masterclass--feel free to bring jazz pieces you???re working on (or questions!)

 

Otherwise, like last year, we???ll use a jazz standard (which you???ll receive in advance), as a canvas to explore chords, improvisation, some (very friendly) jazz theory, pedal slides, and much more.

The goal is to have you learn the basics of jazz playing while also adding a new piece to your repertoire.

 What could be better than exploring jazz harp in a beautiful, friendly, and informal setting?
Hope to see you there!


Sincerely,

Park Stickney

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Skaila KANGA  `Minstrel`s Holiday`  by Maruka Music

Presentation at the IHM `HarpMasters`

Friday, August 15, 2008


MINSTREL???S HOLIDAY, a collection of 20 easy fun pieces for lever or pedal harp, is the long-awaited sequel to the highly popular Minstrel`s Gallery and once again it is written for Minstrels of all ages. The purpose is to introduce interesting new titles, cool rhythms, various harp effects and a measure of `acting` to the music ??? all aimed at having as much fun as possible whilst learning at the same time.


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Skaila Kanga joins Milda Agazarian  to teach as a Resident Professor during the 3rd International Harp Academy `HarpMasters` coming up this August in Switzerland. The classes of these two celebrated harpists have gained popular demand of younger as well established harpists, who travel from all over the world to study with these outstanding teachers. During the week`s program their inspiring masterclass sessions, lessons, lectures, talks will leave no person untouched. During the intensive, packed, (but with much fun) teaching program you will gain priceless knowledge and, the most importantly, the inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

Feel free to ask us any questions at

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April 7, 2008

Dear Harpmasters, dear friends,

It will be for the third time this August that we continue to meet to exchange our experiences, share our knowledge and inspire each other during the 3rd International Harp Academy Harpmasters in Switzerland.  Our idea of building up a high level end of summer harp program has produced outstanding results. Many of our students show remarkable progress, as well as  going on to win important prizes at national and international competitions since attending our course.  Besides being in a charming venue and well-structured organization, there is always friendly atmosphere, in which participants work hard to develop their skills and professors are happy to share their knowledge with their young colleagues. 

During our panel discussion this year we will talk in detail about preparation for competitions. In this talk, the 1st Prize winner of the 2001 USA International Competition Dan Yu, will join Skaila Kanga and myself to give you the widest overview with many tips and behind the scenes information. In addition we are all immensely looking forward to the Celebrity Recital and Guest Masterclass of our renowned colleague Catherine Michel.

Following last year???s great success, Park Stickney will join us this year as a Resident Professor of Jazz Harp and will work with you during his annual jazz workshop as well as giving private lessons.

Finally but most important, you will gain priceless friendships which will support you throughout your long professional journey.

I look forward to meeting once again our returning participants as well as warmly welcoming new participants.

Looking forward to meeting you this summer in Switzerland

Best wishes

Professor Milda Agazarian

Russian Music Academy, Moscow

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March 14, 2008

Dear friends and supporters of Harpmasters,

Once again we will meet up in sunny Switzerland in the beautiful setting of Herzberg to continue our passion for the harp for the 3rd year running. We have a really exciting program for you this coming August. Park Stickney will join us for his now regular slot as Resident Professor of Jazz Harp, taking both 1-1 lessons and a group workshop. We will also welcome two international guests - Catherine Michel and Dan Yu, who will give concerts and guests masterclasses as well as their famous 'backstage talks'. This year we will talk about preparation for competitions.

Many students now visit us on a regular basis and have greatly improved their musicianship and performance level as a direct result. We would also like to welcome teachers and friends as listeners.
Have a wonderful spring and I hope to see you  in August.


Very best wishes


Professor Skaila Kanga
Royal Academy of Music
London, U.K.

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2007

October 04, 2007

Professor SKAILA KANGA reports on  2nd International Harp Academy "HarpMasters"


The second "HarpMasters" course was held once again at the Herzberg Convention Hotel, high in the mountains above Aarau near Zurich. Students travelled from across the world to embark on this musical journey. They came from Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Czech Republic, France, USA, England, Wales, Germany and Switzerland. This event is designed to help individual harpists at advanced level to extend the boundaries of their performance, remedy their technical problems, to widen their repertoire, experience and understanding of their instrument and to make new friends.

An essential part of the programme is to hear leading guest artists??? perform and have opportunities to talk with them afterwards, listen to lectures and workshops. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Victor Salvi Foundation, Gwyneth Wentink, 1st Prize winner of the Israel Competition, gave a fascinating recital of both well-known and contemporary works. Her precision and musicianship in combining an array of percussion instruments with flawless harp playing was awesome. She later spoke of her journey with the harp from early beginnings, through the competition years, her present day activities and future goals.
Regular afternoon masterclasses with resident professors Milda Agazarian from Moscow and Skaila Kanga from London integrated well with morning private lessons and individual practice. We greatly appreciate the continued support of Salvi Harps, who donated eight superb concert grand harps. This kind of course is not possible without their help and we send our grateful thanks once again.
The flexibility of this developing programme allows the student to be a listener or just take private lessons. This year there were auditors from France, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Germany.
Midweek, we were joined by Park Stickney, the unrivalled king of jazz-harp, who gave an incredible recital to a packed, cheering audience at the Gutenberg Museum in Fribourg. The following day, Park held a day-long workshop back at Herzberg, in which he taught many jazz harp skills such as chords, bass lines, pedal slides, chromatics, swing and blues, grooves and improvisation. After the workshop all participants were truly stunned, many of whom never dreamt they would perform these skills in one day! Following this success, Park Stickney will join HarpMasters as resident professor of Jazz Harp in future years. There will be opportunities to take private lessons and/or attend his annual workshop.
Milda Agazarian gave a most informative lecture on the history of the Russian School of Harp Performance, illustrated with photographs and recordings. Her ???Tips and Tricks??? demonstration of basic Russian hand position, scales and arpeggio techniques was illuminating to all, especially those with technical difficulties. Skaila Kanga also talked about life in the recording studios and the pressures and skills required to succeed in this field. She played some of her recordings with Itzak Perlman, Tommy Reilly, Barbara Streisand, Sting and Elton John and answered many questions about many of the artists and composers she has worked with over the years.

Ensemble performance plays a big role in the lives of most professional harpists and this is a skill we work on regularly at HarpMasters. This year at the final concert, the harp octets played Waltz from Tchaikovsky???s ???Sleeping Beauty??? and Mussorgsky???s Great Gate of Kiev from ???Pictures at an Exhibition???. Jimin and Jiyoung Lee were the brilliant duo in John Thomas??? Cambria. This concert is the focal point of HarpMasters. It gives the students a chance to meter their week???s progress, affirm their work and goals for the coming months and experience a formal concert setting. The level this year was truly outstanding. The programme included solo works by Salzedo, Grandjany, Parish Alvars, Walter Kune, Philippe Hersant, Sally Beamish, Jan Fischer, Tournier and Godefroid. A second concert opportunity on the following morning at the Gutenberg Museum, gave students a chance to perform other works from the week???s classes.

HarpMasters??? aim is to constantly adapt and develop according to the needs of our younger generation of harpists, to provide encouragement and support and to promote awareness of our instrument to the concert-going public. We definitely feel we have furthered these goals this year and the enthusiasm and performance level of both our new and returning students are testimony to our mission.

Our website
www.harpmasters.com is constantly updated and our expert management team led by Mrs Irina Zingg is happy to assist with any enquiries. Look out for pictures and comments from this year???s course.

Here???s to HarpMasters 2008!


Professor Skaila Kanga
Head of Harp Studies,
Royal Academy of Music, London.


October 04, 2007

Here you can view photos from HarpMasters 2007




August 27, 2007

The 2nd International Harp Academy ???HarpMasters???

was held in Switzerland between August 5-13, 2007. It turned out to be an outstanding summer harp course. We welcomed back Professors-in-Residence Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian, who conducted daily, as ever outstanding, masterclass sessions, private lessons, ensemble sessions as well as gave most interesting lectures. In harp ensemble sessions we prepared the Waltz from Tchaikovsky???s ???Sleeping Beauty??? and ???The Great Gate of Kiev??? by Mussorgsky which were performed at the Final Gala Concert, giving the Swiss audiences first performances of pieces for 8 concert harps!

We are extremely proud to have had such a talented, motivated, hard-working and friendly group of HarpMasters 2007 participants. They travelled from across the world to work together, to listen and help each other and above all, to learn from their mentors.

We would like to send our very best thanks to our sponsors - without their continued support the development of the program would not be possible.


Salvi Harps
for providing 8 concert harps for the course

Victor Salvi Foundation 
for sponsoring the recital of Guest Artist 2007
Gwyneth Wentink


Both the Jazz Concert and Workshop on the following day given by Park Stickney were an incredible success. There were many moments of inspiration, encouragement, knowledge, joy, eye-opening revelations ??? all packed into one day???s workshop for young harpists. We are more than proud to announce, that Park will join HarpMasters??? residential Professors??? board and will lead the Jazz Division of HarpMasters??? Program for years to come!

We will follow with more reports and photos of the course in next few weeks. At the meantime, thank you to all participants of HarpMasters 2007 and we welcome you back to the

3rd International Harp Academy ???HarpMasters??? 2008!
www.harpmasters.com

 


December 12, 2007


1st Szeged International Harp Competition announced its winners. Klavdiya Kushvid has won First Prize and Ekaterina Lopareva Second Prize in the First Category; Xenia Karassk ??? First Prize in the Second Category. These young harpists are studying in Moscow Gnessin Special School in the class of Professor Milda Agazarian. Our warm congratulations!


October 04, 2007

Professor SKAILA KANGA reports on
2nd International Harp Academy "HarpMasters"


The second "HarpMasters" course was held once again at the Herzberg Convention Hotel, high in the mountains above Aarau near Zurich. Students travelled from across the world to embark on this musical journey. They came from Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Czech Republic, France, USA, England, Wales, Germany and Switzerland. This event is designed to help individual harpists at advanced level to extend the boundaries of their performance, remedy their technical problems, to widen their repertoire, experience and understanding of their instrument and to make new friends.

An essential part of the programme is to hear leading guest artists??? perform and have opportunities to talk with them afterwards, listen to lectures and workshops. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Victor Salvi Foundation, Gwyneth Wentink, 1st Prize winner of the Israel Competition, gave a fascinating recital of both well-known and contemporary works. Her precision and musicianship in combining an array of percussion instruments with flawless harp playing was awesome. She later spoke of her journey with the harp from early beginnings, through the competition years, her present day activities and future goals.
Regular afternoon masterclasses with resident professors Milda Agazarian from Moscow and Skaila Kanga from London integrated well with morning private lessons and individual practice. We greatly appreciate the continued support of Salvi Harps, who donated eight superb concert grand harps. This kind of course is not possible without their help and we send our grateful thanks once again.
The flexibility of this developing programme allows the student to be a listener or just take private lessons. This year there were auditors from France, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Germany.
Midweek, we were joined by Park Stickney, the unrivalled king of jazz-harp, who gave an incredible recital to a packed, cheering audience at the Gutenberg Museum in Fribourg. The following day, Park held a day-long workshop back at Herzberg, in which he taught many jazz harp skills such as chords, bass lines, pedal slides, chromatics, swing and blues, grooves and improvisation. After the workshop all participants were truly stunned, many of whom never dreamt they would perform these skills in one day! Following this success, Park Stickney will join HarpMasters as resident professor of Jazz Harp in future years. There will be opportunities to take private lessons and/or attend his annual workshop.
Milda Agazarian gave a most informative lecture on the history of the Russian School of Harp Performance, illustrated with photographs and recordings. Her ???Tips and Tricks??? demonstration of basic Russian hand position, scales and arpeggio techniques was illuminating to all, especially those with technical difficulties. Skaila Kanga also talked about life in the recording studios and the pressures and skills required to succeed in this field. She played some of her recordings with Itzak Perlman, Tommy Reilly, Barbara Streisand, Sting and Elton John and answered many questions about many of the artists and composers she has worked with over the years.

Ensemble performance plays a big role in the lives of most professional harpists and this is a skill we work on regularly at HarpMasters. This year at the final concert, the harp octets played Waltz from Tchaikovsky???s ???Sleeping Beauty??? and Mussorgsky???s Great Gate of Kiev from ???Pictures at an Exhibition???. Jimin and Jiyoung Lee were the brilliant duo in John Thomas??? Cambria. This concert is the focal point of HarpMasters. It gives the students a chance to meter their week???s progress, affirm their work and goals for the coming months and experience a formal concert setting. The level this year was truly outstanding. The programme included solo works by Salzedo, Grandjany, Parish Alvars, Walter Kune, Philippe Hersant, Sally Beamish, Jan Fischer, Tournier and Godefroid. A second concert opportunity on the following morning at the Gutenberg Museum, gave students a chance to perform other works from the week???s classes.

HarpMasters??? aim is to constantly adapt and develop according to the needs of our younger generation of harpists, to provide encouragement and support and to promote awareness of our instrument to the concert-going public. We definitely feel we have furthered these goals this year and the enthusiasm and performance level of both our new and returning students are testimony to our mission.

Our website
www.harpmasters.com is constantly updated and our expert management team led by Mrs Irina Zingg is happy to assist with any enquiries. Look out for pictures and comments from this year???s course.

Here???s to HarpMasters 2008!


Professor Skaila Kanga
Head of Harp Studies,
Royal Academy of Music, London.


October 04, 2007

Here you can view photos from HarpMasters 2007 Programme




August 27, 2007

The 2nd International Harp Academy ???HarpMasters???

was held in Switzerland between August 5-13, 2007. It turned out to be an outstanding summer harp course. We welcomed back Professors-in-Residence Skaila Kanga and Milda Agazarian, who conducted daily, as ever outstanding, masterclass sessions, private lessons, ensemble sessions as well as gave most interesting lectures. In harp ensemble sessions we prepared the Waltz from Tchaikovsky???s ???Sleeping Beauty??? and ???The Great Gate of Kiev??? by Mussorgsky which were performed at the Final Gala Concert, giving the Swiss audiences first performances of pieces for 8 concert harps!

We are extremely proud to have had such a talented, motivated, hard-working and friendly group of HarpMasters 2007 participants. They travelled from across the world to work together, to listen and help each other and above all, to learn from their mentors.

We would like to send our very best thanks to our sponsors - without their continued support the development of the program would not be possible.


Salvi Harps
for providing 8 concert harps for the course

Victor Salvi Foundation 
for sponsoring the recital of Guest Artist 2007
Gwyneth Wentink


Both the Jazz Concert and Workshop on the following day given by Park Stickney were an incredible success. There were many moments of inspiration, encouragement, knowledge, joy, eye-opening revelations ??? all packed into one day???s workshop for young harpists. We are more than proud to announce, that Park will join HarpMasters??? residential Professors??? board and will lead the Jazz Division of HarpMasters??? Program for years to come!

We will follow with more reports and photos of the course in next few weeks. At the meantime, thank you to all participants of HarpMasters 2007 and we welcome you back to the

3rd International Harp Academy ???HarpMasters??? 2008!
www.harpmasters.com

 

Irina Zingg
Managing Director
HARP MASTERS
www.harpmasters.com


July 20, 2007

Participant of the HarpMasters 2006 program Hannah Blalock has won 3rd Prize  (Intermediate Division I) of the 17th American Harp Society???s National Competition.

Congratulations, Hannah!


July 20, 2007

  The Gold Medal winner of the 2007 USA International Harp Competition is

Maria Krushevskaya


Ms. Krushevskaya has also won following Special Prizes:

Jan Jennings Prize for the best performance of Piern????s Concertstuck for Harp and Orchestra, op. 39

Mary L. Ogg Prize for the best performance of Walter-Küne???s Fantasie sur un theme de l???opera Eugene Onegin

Mary L. Ogg Prize for the best performance of Alvars??? Introduction and Variations on Themes of Bellini???s opera ???Norma???

Maria currently studies at Russian Academy of Music under Professor Milda Agazarian and was Celebrity Guest Artist at HarpMasters 2006 Program. 

Congratulations, Maria!


May 20, 2007

Professor MILDA AGAZARIAN is looking forward to work with you in HARP MASTERS 2007

 
Dear Harpists
Following our successful 1st course last summer, we are happy and excited to be back this coming August for the 2nd International Harp Academy ???Harp Masters??? in Switzerland. 

The small and isolated Swiss resort of Herzberg is ideal for hosting the intense, demanding yet personalised and friendly program we aim for. The exchange of knowledge, experience, sharing ideas and bringing together the efforts of young harpists and their mentors, enables us to reach for the highest aims of the musician ??? artistic freedom and perfection of the details in playing our instrument ??? the harp.

You will meet and work with our outstanding guest artists, will build up new friendships with your colleagues from all over the world, which will endure much longer than the week???s course. 

As a harpist and pedagogue with 45 years of experience, I am always proud and pleased to represent our world-recognised Russian Performing School. In my lecture I will cover the history of the Russian Harp School. We will talk about well known and lesser known, yet outstanding harpists and pedagogues like Walter-Kune,Erdely, Parfenov, Rubin, Mchedelov, Dulova, Tauer to name but a few. You will hear rare and unique recordings of these great masters of the harp.  During masterclass??? sessions and private lessons I will share with you my ???tips and tricks??? about our legendary sound and technique of Russian instrumentalists.  

I wish all of you a great harp summer and looking forward to meeting many of you at Harp Masters this August!
 
 
Sincerely,

Professor Milda Agazarian
Russian Gnessin Music Academy
President of the Russian Association of Harp Teachers Int.


April 29, 2007

Our sincere congratulations go to Anastasia Makropoulou for winning the Second Prize at the 5th Netherlands Harp Concourse in Amsterdam. Natively from Greece, Anastasia currently studies under Professor Erika Waardenburg at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and participated at Harp Masters 2006 program.

Congratulations, Sissy!

April 29, 2007

You & PARK STICKNEY this August in HARP MASTERS 2007
 
Dear Jazz Harp Friends,
This is to let you know that I'll be taking part in the International Harp Academy "Harp Masters" in Switzerland this August. I'll be giving a solo jazz concert (titled "Action Harp") in the Gutenberg museum in the beautiful town of Fribourg.

The following day there will be a workshop  where I???ll work with you both individually and in groups.  We???ll explore improvisation, some jazz standards, the blues, some (very friendly) jazz theory, pedal slides (many, many pedal slides), and much more. 

In addition there will be an informal ???Backstage Talk??? in which you can ask anything you'd like to know about my work, career, new dog, etc.

If you???re already playing jazz, or if you???ve always wanted to try, this class will be both fun and informative, all in a beautiful setting.

Hoping to see you in August!

Sincerely,

Park Stickney


April 14, 2007

Professor SKAILA KANGA invites you to join HARP MASTERS 2007

 
Dear Harpists,
It will be the second year that we will all meet and work together during our summer break at the picturesque resort of Herzberg in Switzerland. During our educational program this year, I will hold workshops each afternoon, after working with you individually during the morning private lessons. I am also looking forward to covering some really interesting ensemble works and preparing a challenging program for the Final Concert. During our coffee breaks we will discuss your career opportunities, how to begin and plan the path ahead. I will be happy to share with you my professional and personal experiences during my long and varied career.
 
I look forward to meeting you at the International Harp Academy 'Harpmasters' in Switzerland.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
Professor Skaila Kanga,
Head of Harp Studies,
Royal Academy of Music,
London.


April 2, 2007

Ongoing Registration

2nd International Harp Academy "HarpMasters" continue its registration. We are looking forward to meet you, dear Harp Masters, at our exiting summer program between August 5-13, 2007 in Switzerland.

For your convenience, please download HarpMasters' informational flyer here.
To order your own printed copy, mail to

 To get more information or ask a question, mail to


 

We are looking forward to welcome you coming summer at 2nd International Harp Academy "HarpMasters" in Switzerland and thanks all of you who already applied for the program's participation! 





WELCOME
to
International Harp Academy

HARP MASTERS

Following the 1st successful course last summer, we are proud to announce 2nd International Harp Academy ???Harp Masters???. It will take place August 5-13, 2007 at Herzberg Convention Centre in Aarau, Switzerland. This intensive program is meant for motivated harpists who want to make the best out of their harp experience coming summer.

Registration is open!


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MILDA AGAZARIAN                             

                         SKAILA KANGA
 
                                                                    PARK STICKNEY   
GWYNETH WENTINK           


Herzberg, Switzerland
 

  


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