Les Jeudis de la Harpe, Season V
Les Jeudis de la Harpe, our popular YouTube concerts, are returning to the silver screen for a fifth series. This time, there’s a twist: we’re going on tour!
Live concerts have resumed in many parts of the world, but many musicians are still facing travel challenges. Les Jeudis de la Harpe has therefore packed a suitcase of lights, cameras and action and is broadcasting from the artists’ home countries. From Brazil to China, Japan to Germany, we are looking forward to a great variety of backdrops and, as ever, musical styles.
We’ll keep you guessing about where we’re travelling each week, but joining us will be easy as ever. Log on to our YouTube channel every Thursday at 19:30 CET for the concert premier and live chat, or simply catch up later. All concerts last about half an hour, a perfect way to wind down after a busy day at work, and are free of charge to view.
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.
Have you ever seen – or heard – the Urutau bird? The Sabiá, the Tiê de Topete Vermelho or the Curió? May 19’s online concert features the song of all these birds, and more, in the heart of the Brazilian forest.
Cristina Braga and Ricardo Medeiros will be performing in Uaná Etê, their forest garden in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro. As you can imagine, they are accompanied by a host of beautiful birds. They have even linked each of their songs to a particular species.
Christina and Ricardo’s unique blend of blue harp, bass, traditional music and jazz has put the harp with Brazilian soul well and truly on the map. They have a wonderful discography of 18 classical and pop albums, from Samba, Jazz and Love to the Bossa Nova Brandenburg Concerto. If you haven’t yet had the chance to experience them in concert: don’t miss your perfect opportunity, this Thursday on YouTube at 19:30 Paris time.
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.
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 Ukraine. If you would like to donate to Veronika’s charitable foundation, you can do so here.