05 May 2022
The opening concert of Camac Harps’s fifth YouTube series will take place on May 5 2022 at 19:30 CET. Veronika Lemishenko, Principal Harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, will perform as part of her European tour to raise funds for the Ukrainian war effort.
To enjoy the concert and support Veronika, please join us @ CamacHarpsOfficial for the YouTube premier this coming Thursday. The concert is free of charge to attend, and will remain online for those wishing to catch up later.
Following this, the rest of this series of Les Jeudis de la Harpe will be touring the world! From Brazil to China, Germany to Japan, each concert will take place in a different artist’s home country. The Camac team is looking forward to leading you on a journey through a wonderful variety of settings and, as ever, musical styles.
Follow the itinerary via this agenda and our social media (@CamacHarps), or sign up to our mailing list.
Our second Jeudi de la Harpe online concert is going to travel far away from Paris – all the way to China, and Beijing’s world-famous Forbidden City concert hall.
We have had the pleasure of working with Guan Wang several times already. She was our honoured guest at the Camac Festival in Belfort (2018), and in 2019 we were delighted to welcome her, her colleagues and many of her students for a musical tour of France.
Professor of Harp at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Principal Harpist of the China National Symphony Orchestra, Guan will perform her Jeudi de la Harpe concert with her colleague Ma Wen (cello). Harp and cello is a beautiful and still unusual combination: join us on May 12, 19:30 Paris time on YouTube to experience it for yourselves.
With their unique blend of blue harp, bass, traditional music and jazz, Christina Braga and Ricardo Medeiros are legends of the harp with Brazilian soul. Camac’s second YouTube concert of the Jeudis de la Harpe, Season V, is a perfect opportunity to experience them in concert: It will be a very special broadcast from Uaná Etê, Cristina and Ricardo’s garden in the heart of the Brazilian forest.
The artists will also be accompanied by a host of Brazilian birds… download the programme to find out more!
Andreas Mildner (Germany) is one of the most interesting harpists of his generation. His “technical brilliance” and “incredibly beautiful timbres” are praised by audiences and critics alike.
The first prize winner of the 2009 Arpista Ludovico International Competition in Madrid, he is also the winner of numerous other prizes and scholarships, included the German Music Competition, the Bavarian Culture Prize, the Bavarian Kunstförderpreis, from the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and the German Music Council.
Following an orchestral career as Principal Harpist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Andreas Mildner is now Professor at the Würzburg Hochschule. He is a well-known soloist and chamber musician, also in duos with Heinz Holliger and Andreas Martin Hofmeir.
For Les Jeudis de la Harpe, Andreas Mildner offers us an all-German/Austrian programme: JS Bach’s Italian Concerto, Ernst Krenek’s Sonate für Harfe, and the Spohr C Minor Fantasy.
Eric Piron and the Camac technicians are looking forward to returning to Danderyd, near Stockholm, for the 7th Sweden Harp Days. Thanks to our valued collaboration with Ismahni Björkman, we can offer you a long weekend of concerts, workshops, a harp exhibition and harp regulation opportunities – all completely free of charge to attend.
HarpFest VII will take place in Singapore between September 8 – 11, 2022. After the long pandemic, its motto is “Dreams beyond the rainbow”. “We have accompanied so many students in their harp dreams”, says Katryna, “and we are looking forward to accompanying many more, throughout the next twenty years.”
Rave Harps will be joined by their colleagues and co-students from Thailand and Indonesia, and guest artists from Europe too. There will be concert appearances and a masterclass with Isabelle Moretti, and we are delighted to sponsor Rossitza Milevska and Cédric Le Donne’s jazz night. The full programme ranges from harp concertos to harp ensembles, and offers some fantastic active performance opportunities.
Your HarpFest delegate pass gives you access to 6 concerts, 10 masterclasses/workshops, diverse showcases and, we promise you, an unforgettable long weekend in a beautiful setting. Register before the end of May, and enjoy your early bird discount.
More about HarpFest on the Camac blog.