A surge of Serbian harpists performed well at the 20th International Harp Contest in Israel, with Lenka Petrovic taking home first prize

“I always found joy in studying music. I was very inspired by my teacher in high school. She was enthusiastic and introduced me to so much beautiful music.”

Lenka Petrovic is beautiful, young, and talented. At the age of 23, she is the winner of the highly coveted first prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel, held in October in the city of Akko. She is still finishing her studies at Juilliard and will be ready to enter the world stage with the wind at her back. I interviewed Lenka via Skype after she flew back to New York following the competition. She was still basking in the afterglow of her prize. I was so impressed with the way she spoke so highly of all her teachers. She was overflowing with compliments and appreciation. I wonder if we should give more awards to teachers. They are often the unsung heroes of a harpist’s success.

Harp Column: Congratulations! You played beautifully. You also put Serbia on the map for harpists.

Lenka Petrovic: Thank you! It was the first time in history that there were three harpists from Serbia at the Israeli Contest. Nadja Dornik and Andjela Stankovic also competed. All three of us passed to the second stage. This was a big deal for us and for all the harpists in Serbia.

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Sunita Staneslow is a versatile harpist best known for her books of arrangements. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to Israel 15 years ago and is a frequent presenter at harp festivals around the world. You can read more about Staneslow in our interview with her in the July/August 2015 issue of Harp Column.

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