Leading up to the 13th World Harp Congress this July in Hong Kong, we’re talking with performers for the ever-popular WHC Focus on Youth showcase concerts. Check in each week as we present insights from these talented young artists.

Give us some background: when did you start playing, what’s your current age, and who do you study with?

I start playing the harp when I was 9 years old. Now I’m 21 years old and I’m studying with Isabelle Perrin at the Norwegian Academy of Music of Oslo.

Tell us about your WHC program. How did you choose your repertoire and what do you like about the music?

I chose the repertoire according to what I was studying at the time of my application to the World Harp Congress and I like the sweetness of the pieces I will perform.

Have you ever attended a World Harp Congress?

Yes, I attended the last two ones in Vancouver and Sydney and both were wonderful experiences, full of great concerts and music.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get to Hong Kong?

Going to the opening concert of the Congress.

Which harpist do you most admire?

Henriette Renié for her wonderful contribution in opening wider horizons for the harp.

Which harpist are you most looking forward to meeting in person at the WHC?

A lot of harpists…

What’s the most memorable musical performance you’e ever attended?

Some of the South-American harp playing because it’s so lively and stunning.

What’s your most memorable performing experience?

A recital I did last year in the Oslo Opera House, because after it I felt so happy.

What advice would you give a young student wanting to start harp?

Just to love the music!

What’s the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?

Continuing doing what I love to do.

When you’re not playing the harp what do you like to do?

A lot of things: reading, dancing, singing, have a good time with people I love…

What’s on your playlist?

Michael Jackson and many others…

Finish this sentence: In 10 years I see myself…

…having a great and happy life.

To learn more about the World Harp Congress visit www.worldharpcongress.org.
To register for the 13th World Harp Congress July 7–13 2017 in Hong Kong, visit www.whc2017.org.

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