Rossitza Milevska is a harpist, pianist and singer, doubly accomplished as a classical musician and a jazz artist. She studied harp and piano at the National Music School of Sofia in her native Bulgaria, followed by an advanced diploma in harp at the National Academy of Music. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional de Nice in jazz piano & jazz harp with Robert Persi, and at the Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique Europe et Méditerranée where she obtained her teaching diploma. In 2011, she became the first harpist to graduate in jazz harp from a French conservatoire.
Rossitza has won numerous jazz awards: the Tremplin Music Contest Jazz (Antibes); the Auvernier Jazz Contest (Switzerland); the Tremplin Jazz Soloist prize and the audience prize (Porquerolles); and the Tremplin Nice Jazz Off. Rossitza has also performed at the World Harp Congress, the Sentmenat International Harp Festival, in the USA, Poland, Canada, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the Netherlands; and at the Nice Jazz Festival, Jazz à Juan, Toulon, Ramatuelle, Jazz in Segur, Auvernier Jazz Festival, and more.
Her discography includes “Pop Harp” (2006), “Concert à Quatre” (2007, with the Harpe Riviera Quartet), “As I am” (2011), “Tri” (2014, with the Milevska Trio), “Element of Sun” (2016, saxophonist Geoffrey Secco’s album), and “Steps” (2019).
Born in Toulouse, Marie Normant entered the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), in the class of Marie-Claire Jamet. At the age of 18, she was unanimously awarded a first prize in chamber music, followed by a first prize in harp, before joining the postgraduate class of Isabelle Moretti.
In 1998, she won the “Avant-Scènes” competition (across all instruments). In 1999 she won the SACEM Prize at the Lily Laskine International Competition.
Marie has worked with the best orchestras in France and abroad, for example the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opéra de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. She has given several world premieres in Cologne and Paris, with Peter Eötvös.
Since 2001 Marie Normant has been principal harpist with the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in Paris.
Tristan Le Govic is internationally-recognised as one of the leading Celtic harpers today. He has performed throughout Ireland, Scotland and Sweden, as well as his native Brittany. He has honed his musical diversity together with musicians such as the Breton accordionist Samuel Le Hénanff, Scottish double bass player Stuart Macpherson, English drummer Roy Shearer, and the Swedish singer Lise Enochsson, with whom has developed a unique repertoire of Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp (Elva).
With Tangi Le Hénanff (bass) and Alan Quéré-Moysan (drum), he created the Tristan Le Govic Trio. They won the Nevez Flamm Trophy for the best Fest Noz band of 2018, and have released a group album: Dañs.
Tristan has made several other recordings, and is the author of numerous collections of music for lever harp. He edited the Breton Harp Anthology in 2015.
Singer, storyteller, virtuoso musician, Tristian Le Govic both arranges traditional repertoire and writes his own compositions. His musical world never stays still, opens the gates to an extraordinary rhythmic and melodic diversity.
Thanks to the vision of the indefatigable organising committee, 2021’s Glowing Harp International Competition will be a fully digital event: across four age categories and with the same programme as would have gone live.
Prizes include a live concerto performance at a flexible future date, and an Odyssey harp.
Lena Woods started playing the harp at the age of 7, thanks to her harpist mother! After graduating from high school, she formed her first rock band, Grand Square Dance, with whom she toured the Normandy stages for 5 years. Alongside various musical projects, she joined the American School Of Modern Music in Paris. The following year she entered the Rouen Conservatory, specialising in jazz and singing.
In 2012, she participated in the International Harp Festival in Ancenis (France) in celebration of Camac Harps’ 40th anniversary. She then joined the Paris Regional Conservatory, specialising in contemporary music. There, she formed the group Northern Lights, created around the electric harp and its compositions. They released their EP in 2014.
In 2014, she represented France at the International Harp Festival in Paraguay, and formed a new band – Nobody’s Cult. Her electric harp sound became more and more individual, using effects pedals and a guitar amp. A 1st EP „Echoes From The Temple” was released in 2017, followed by many concerts throughout France. In 2016, she took part in the show The Voice and reached the quarter-finals.
Lena has spent two years on tour with Nolwenn Leroy, and also joined the Aretha Franklin tribute group Respect Sixters. She has featured on many albums (Elles et Barbara, Daphné, Olivia Merilahti, Gaspard Augé, Boca de Tambor…), on harp or vocals.
Nobody’s Cult’s first album will be released in April 2021.
The 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival will take place online this year. From Friday 9th to Monday 12th April inclusive, you can sign up for a wealth of online courses, concerts and workshops. We are proud to be the sponsors of the Saturday night concert, with Maeve Gilchrist, Corrina Hewat with one or more colleagues, and the Iain MacLeoid Young Composer Award Winner 2021.
We will begin Les Jeudis de la Harpe, Season III with none other than Myrdhin, Breton Celtic legend. The concert also marks the beginning of his 50th year on stage, and we are very honoured that he is sharing this moment with us.
Born in Upper Brittany to a Cornish family, Myrdhin is one of the driving forces behind the revival of the Celtic harp in Brittany. Since the 1970s he has been applauded both in France and abroad: in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Russia, Italy, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Norway, and Paraguay.
He has received numerous awards, such as the Triskell d’Or, Kan ar Bobl, 1st prizes for harp and singing in Killarney-Ireland, Nancy Richards’s Trophy in Wales, J.M.F. and France Musique awards, and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2002. In 2000, as part of AFROCELT, MYRDHIN was nominated for a Grammy Award in Los Angeles (world music category).
He draws his inspiration from the natural environment in Brittany, and has been playing on bronze- and metal- strung harps since 1975.
The North London Competitions, which we have sponsored for fifteen years now, were about to happen last year when the first Covid-19 lockdowns hit. Confined to our homes, we quickly moved online, an experiment shared by the NLF’s equally enterprising drama section. In both cases, we were overwhelmed by the response – and so, the festival has gone fully online in 2021.
This year, to make the online format accessible to as many harpists as possible, the syllabus has been streamlined into three age categories plus the senior Camac competition.
Up to age 18, you can enter:
- Age 10 and under
- 11 to 13 years
- 14 to 17 years
These are all school year ages, i.e. if you were 17 on 1st September 2020 but have turned 18 since then, you can still enter.
It is no longer necessary to follow grade exam syllabus repertoire, although of course you can if you want to.
The Camac Competition is open to harpists living and/or studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland, aged 30 and under.
We’re delighted that the United Kingdom Harp Association are repeating their generous sponsorship of a special prize for an outstanding competitor in any category. We are sponsoring all the other prizes, and every competitor will receive personalised feedback from our wonderful jurors: Catrin Finch and Keziah Thomas.