Les Jeudis de la Harpe 


Les Jeudis de la Harpe

Coming to a silver screen near you…the second series of our YouTube concerts!

Les Jeudis de la Harpe will start on February 11, 2021, at 19:30 CET. All you have to do is log on to CamacHarpsOfficial on YouTube, for a weekly premier full of the richness and variety of the 21st-century harp. There will be classical music, traditional music, jazz…and stars of The Voice France!

We are delighted to be working once again with Julien Hanck Productions, as we did in series 1.

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Les Jeudis de la Harpe: Gwenael Kerleo

Gwenael Kerleo

Gwenael Kerleo, Breton harpist and composer, chose a musical and creative path at a very young age. As a highly sensitive child, she found a safe haven in music, and the Celtic harp became her instrument.

Gwenael Kerleo is now established as one of the major Celtic harpists in Brittany. Her music has also touched music lovers throughout the world: from Japan to Paraguay, via Hungary, Germany and Russia.

She confides her stories to her audiences with modesty and feeling. Despite the challenges everybody must face in the world, her music is full of hope, and the sense the best is yet to come.

Gwenael’s latest programme, ”Meeting with an Angel”, is an invitation to share in the harmony she senses, in a moment of pure happiness that she would like to last forever.

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Les Jeudis de la Harpe : Ghislaine Petit-Volta

Ghislaine Petit-Volta 

Ghislaine Petit-Volta studied the harp with Brigitte Sylvestre and Pierre Jamet, then Gérard Devos and Christian Lardé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She obtained a first prize for harp in 1981 and a first prize for chamber music in 1982. She remains a very active chamber musician (with the Trio Antara and the Collège Contemporain, among others), and soloist in France and abroad. She is professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, at the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne, and in the pedagogy department of the Paris Conservatoire CNSMDP. 

Ghislaine Petit-Volta has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers such as John Cage, Claude Prey, Félix Ibbarondo, Ton That Tiêt, Pierre Boulez, Eryck Abecassis, Joshua Fineberg, Favio Daiban, Jean Marc Singier, Martin Matalon, and Peter Eötvos. She is a co-founder of “Odyssée de la harpe”, a festival of new music for the electroacoustic harp in Bourg-la-Reine. She also created the contemporary music competition “Collegium 21”, together with her colleagues in the “Les Signes de l’Arc” association. 

Ghislaine’s recordings range from medieval music for Harmonia Mundi, to contemporary music for Deutsche Grammophon. She recently released a CD in homage to Rameau on the Suoni e Colori label.


“Madame de Genlis: A Music Lesson”

Entitled “Madame de Genlis: a music lesson”, Ghislaine’s programme will take us on a journey into the world of the early pedal harp. Works by Rameau, Bochsa, Duphly, Krumpholtz and even Queen Marie-Antoinette are all on the programme. All works are taken from the notebooks of Stéphanie-Félicité, Comtesse de Genlis (1746 – 1830), renowned for her talent as a harpist and her promotion of the harp’s repertoire.

“Madame de Genlis began the harp in 1759, on the first pedal harps that arrived from Germany. Goepffert, her teacher, had performed on these harps at a “Concert Spirituel”. Mme de Genlis was quick to complain about the lack of repertoire: “As there were only a few silly things engraved for the harp by Gaiffre (Goepffert), I started to play harpsichord pieces, and soon some of the most difficult, by Rameau, Mondonville, Scarlatti, Handel…”. Indeed, there was no specific repertoire for the harp at the time. It seemed to be used mainly for accompaniment, as is the case in Marie-Antoinette’s “Romance”. Krumpholtz remediated this lack of original repertoire, and many others were to follow. Bochsa, whose first wife was none other than the niece of Madame de Genlis, would compose prolifically for her instrument.”

– Ghislaine Petit-Volta


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Singer, harpist, pianist, composer, producer… Gustine is a musical omnivore, a multifaceted artist – a free electron! Since her studies at the Reims Conservatory with Dominique Demogeot, and a stint at the Cefedem de Lorraine where she obtained her national qualifications in teaching and contemporary music, Gustine has devoted herself to performance and creation. She has collaborated with many artists, written music for contemporary dance, spent 4 years on tour with DJ Fakear (electro), composed a pop piece for symphony orchestra, accompanied Albin de la Simone at the Philharmonie de Paris, sung at the Stade de France for the Rolling Stones – and was discovered by the whole of France on the TV show The Voice.

Gustine will soon release her first album as a songwriter and arranger. Hear her here unplugged, alone with her harp.

On the programme: Stevie Wonder, A-ha, Henri Salvador, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Isaac, Marc Lavoine…


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Les Jeudis de la Harpe : Nikolaz Cadoret

Nikolaz Cadoret

We will begin with Nikolaz Cadoret, who needs little introduction to harpists as one of the most creative and impressive virtuosi of the modern trad scene. He pushes aside the imaginary borders we sometimes impose on our musical perspectives, combining Breton and other Celtic roots with improvisation, jazz, sound processing and other contemporary sound worlds. “I’m aiming”, says Nikolaz, “for complete solo freedom. We each contain a world within us, immense and waiting to be sung.”

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