Israel harp contest announces 2021 repertoire


The International Harp Contest in Israel announced the repertoire for its 21st competition, scheduled to take place Oct. 4­–14, 2021, in Akko. The event, which is held every three years, hosted its 20th contest in October 2018, with Lenka Petrovic (Serbia) winning first prize, Joel von Lerber (Switzerland) taking home second, and native Israeli Marina Fradin receiving third prize. Founded by Aharon Zvi Propes in 1959, the contest is now directed by the principal harpist with the Israel Philharmonic, Julia Rovinsky.

First stage

  1. Sonata, D. Scarlatti (all repeats, any edition)
    • K. 27 in B minor
    • K. 113 in A major
    • K. 198 in E minor
    • K. 209 in A major
  2. Choose one:
    • The Lark, M. Glinka/M. Balakirev (ed. by  Milda Agazarian, HarpMasters edition)
    • Le Rossignol, F. List/A. Alabiev: “Le Rossignol” (arr. H. Renié, Lyon & Healy/Salvi Publications)
  3. A new Israeli piece commissioned by the contest to be announced by the beginning of 2020

Second Stage

  1. Suite, G. Handel (no repeats, any edition)
    • HWV-436 in D minor
    • HWV-437 in D minor
    • HWV-440 in B major
  2. Choose one (any edition):
    • Impromptu, op. 86, G. Fauré
    • Rhapsodie, M. Grandjany
    • Impromptu, op. 21, Roussel
    • Zitti–Zitti, N.C. Bochsa (arr. I. Moretti)
  3. Puzzle, A. Ravin (Vanderbilt Music Company)
  4. Free choice piece for harp solo up to 12’

Semi–final Stage

  1. Trio in E Major for two flutes and harp, C.P.E Bach (arr. J. Rovinsky, Vanderbilt Music Company)
  2. Choose one:
    • Cello Sonata, C. Debussy (arr. J. Rovinsky, HarpMasters edition)
    • Flute Sonata, F. Poulenc (arr. J. Rovinsky, HarpMasters edition)

Final Stage

  1. Concerto in E-Flat Major, op. 74, R. Glière

Read our interviews with the 20th contest prizewinners in the Jan./Feb. 2019 issue of Harp Column or listen to Podcast Episode 44 for interviews with Lenka Petrovic and Joel von Lerber. Find out more about the competition at or on Facebook.


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