Claire Iselin, recent graduate of Trinity Laban's harp department and winner of the 2013 Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Performance, has just received the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The medal was presented this month in a ceremony at the Wigmore Hall.
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."
Claire stressed the importance of competitions for a young performer: "Competitions offer great experience of performing in front of demanding audiences; but they are also great exposure for young artists and help to raise your profile as a musician and with agents."
Claire graduated from Trinity Laban in 2010 with a BMus (Hons), and has just completed her MMus, graduating in December 2012 with first class honours. Later this year she will be performing in international competitions in Slovenia and Sicily.
The Worshipful Company of Musicians was established in 1604 by Royal Charter. It exists to support musicians, recognise achievement and promote musical events. Each year Trinity Laban nominates its top students for one of their prestigious awards.