Above: Mélanie Laurent performs the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez in the final stage of the 11th USA International Harp Competition on July 13 in Bloomington, Ind.
French harpist Mélanie Laurent gave stunning performances throughout the four stages of the 11th USA International Harp Competition to prove she has the Golden Touch.
The morning after Mélanie Laurent was awarded first prize at the 11th USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) in Bloomington, Ind., we met at a bustling cafe just off Indiana University’s campus. Over tea (for her) and coffee (for me), I got to know the 23-year-old French harpist and was quickly won over by her warmth. Laurent’s Bloomington host, Bob Jones, who had been cheering her on over the past ten days, sat with us.
Understandably excited, the gold medal winner was happy to share details about her musical journey (with a few helpful tidbits from Jones), and what unfolded was a morning of easy conversation.