Harp alumnus ends USA tour with Carnegie Hall debut

Claire Iselin -Gold Medal -JK Photography -body

Trinity Laban harp alumnus, Claire Iselin, will complete her USA tour with her debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall on 14 May.

Claire's North American tour was made possible when she won the 2013 IBLA Grand Prize competition, an intensive week of performances, stage and concert hall shows, interviews and TV appearances. Claire beat out hundreds of applicants to finish second overall across all instruments, and part of her prize was a three week USA recital tour, including Carnegie Hall.

Head of Trinity Laban's Harp Studies, Gabriella Dall'Olio, said: "Claire is such an inspiration, as she embodies the excellence, international standards and high level talent of Trinity Laban's students."

Claire graduated from Trinity Laban in 2010 with a BMus (Hons), and completed her MMus, graduating in December 2012 with first class honours. She won Trinity Laban's prestigious Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Performance and the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She was also the very first recipient of the John Marson Prize. She has also been awarded the Music City Foundation Prize in 2013 and she is currently in the Concert Scheme.

Claire began learning the harp in her native Alsace when she was six years old. At age 15 she contracted health problems and was advised by the doctors to stop playing. But three years later at the age of 18 she met her "maestro", Gabriella Dall'Olio, and decided that playing harp was what she wanted to do in life: "The stage is my home," she said. "When I'm up there playing, everything else disappears."

In other exciting harp news -

Richard Allen, winner of the 2013 John Marson Harp Prize for an Outstanding Musician, has performed his debut recital in St Martin in the Fields to a packed audience, and was selected to participate to the first Camac Harp Academy with Germaine Lorenzini in France.

Maria Chiossi has been appointed principal harp of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and will start her position in May.

Melissa Kenny has performed the Mozart K299 Concerto for Flute and Harp in Uruguay, after the performance of Debussy Dances last summer with the Orchestra of Montevideo. Melissa is also the principal harp of the orchestra of the Opera House in Montevideo and will start teaching at the local conservatoire this summer.

Tamara Young is currently on trial with Opera North after a successful audition, as well as continuing her freelance work in London and collaborations with chamber contemporary groups and her duo with Holly Cook, flute.

Manuela Colella, who graduated with distinction last autumn, has successfully auditioned for UDK in Berlin and will study with Marie Pierre Langlamet from the autumn.

Maya Talwatte, currently a BMus student, has been offered a place at Berkley University, USA.

Thomas Zimmer has been selected to play with the Beireuth Youth Orchestra and is currently touring Europe performing Wagner and Strauss.

Claire Iselin pic - credit jk_photography

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