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Lyon & Healy launches Drake lever harp

Lyon & Healy launches Drake lever harp

Lyon & Healy has launched the Drake, a new model of lever harp. This instrument is the first lighter–tension harp released by the manufacturer in 20 years and is strung with BioCarbon Strings, a blend of bio–plastic derived from sugarcane. The 34–string harp has...

Camac unveils new harp model, Égérie

Camac unveils new harp model, Égérie

French harpmaker Camac Harps has announced the launch of a new concert grand pedal harp, named the Égérie. The instrument was built as a complement to the Canopée and Art Nouveau models, which were introduced three years ago at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong....

University of Wisconsin–Madison hires Johanna Wienholts

University of Wisconsin–Madison hires Johanna Wienholts

Johanna Wienholts has been appointed to the harp faculty at University of Wisconsin–Madison following the retirement of Karen Beth Atz this past spring. Principal harpist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wienholts says, "The Mead Witter School of Music has an...

Remembering Judith Liber (1940–2020)

Remembering Judith Liber (1940–2020)

—by Alice Giles Judith Liber, harpist and beloved mentor to many, passed away in Israel on 19th August. A musician of great integrity and depth, she was considered by many conductors, including Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta, to be one of the world’s leading...

Matt Dupont wins second in Prix Orford Musique

Matt Dupont wins second in Prix Orford Musique

Matt Dupont won second place in the 2020 Prix Orford Musique, following a live semi–final and final round that took place August 11–15. In addition to a full scholarship to two weeks at the 2021 Orford Music Academy, Dupont was awarded a $4,000 cash prize and coaching...

Remembering Ann Griffiths (1934–2020)

Remembering Ann Griffiths (1934–2020)

The Welsh harpist Ann Griffiths died peacefully at her home in Raglan, South Wales on July 24th, 2020. Born in Caerphilly in 1934, she graduated with a Welsh degree from Cardiff University before obtaining her Premier Prix in 1958 from the Paris Conservatoire under...

Remembering Brook Boddie (1968–2020)

Remembering Brook Boddie (1968–2020)

Brook Boddie, harpist, organist, pianist, arranger and composer, passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2020 from cardiac arrest, at the age of 51. Brook was not only an extraordinarily gifted musician, but also an extremely caring, giving, and humble human being. Known...

Angela Schwarzkopf wins JUNO Award

Angela Schwarzkopf wins JUNO Award

Angela Schwarzkopf won the 2020 JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber for her album detach. The first harpist to win in 25 years, she shares, "I am beyond thrilled to win a JUNO Award. It is such an honor to join the previous harp winners Judy...

Young Artist’s Harp Competition announces prize winners

Young Artist’s Harp Competition announces prize winners

The Young Artist’s Harp Competition named winners of its 2020 event, held virtually in June. Janice Hur of South Korea won first place in the Emerging Artist Division (maximum age 19), and  Sophia Jho of the United States received first place in the New Artist...