Harpist Noël Wan recently won second prize in the 2021 Prix Orford Musique, held in Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall in Orford, Quebec. Her second prize award includes a $5,000 cash award and career coaching sessions. Wan, who is an assistant professor of harp at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in London, Ont., received her Bachelor of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her master’s degree at Yale School of Music.
Out of 80 applicants, nine semi-finalists were chosen to compete in the live semi-final and final rounds, held August 8–14. Wan was the only harpist among the nine semi-finalists. Isabella D’Éloize Perron, violin, won first prize and the audience award. Jessica Yuma, piano, won third prize.
For more information, visit the Prix Orford Musique website.