Remy van Kesteren Takes Top Honors at USAIHC


Remy van Kesteren of the Netherlands is the first place Gold Medal winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition, held July 10–20, 2013, in Bloomington, Ill. His award includes a commemorative gold Lyon & Healy concert grand harp, along with concert and recording sponsorships by Lyon & Healy, and the $5,000 David and Linda Rollo Award.

Other finalists were Marta Marinelli (Italy) who won the Silver Medal which includes the $5,000 Bow Brand Prize, and Bronze Medal winner Emily Levin (USA) who received the $3,000 Eul Duk Kwak Memorial Prize. Prior to the awards ceremony and announcement of the winner on July 20, the three finalists performed Harp concerto (Reinecke, Carl) with orchestra for the final stage.

Other winners are:

Fourth Prize: Yu Ying Chen, China ($3,000 Vanderbilt Music Company Prize)
Fifth Prize: Emily Hoile, UK ($2,500 Dr. Konrad William Rinne and Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne Prize)
Sixth Prize: Joel von Lerber, Switzerland, ($2,000 Rachel Mary and John Isaac Jones Memorial Prize)
Seventh Prize: Gwellian Llry, UK–Wales ($1,500 Marlene Rapp Prize)
Eighth Prize: Alexandra Mullins, USA ($1,000 Friend of the Harp Competition Prize)

Two special prizes were also awarded. Marta Marinelli received the $1,000 Mario Falcao Prize for the best performance of Carl Reinecke: Concerto in E Minor for Harp & Orchestra, Op. 182. The $1,500 Willy Postma Prize for Best Performance of Attahir’s De l’obsurite II went to Remy van Kesterern.

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