Success for Trinity Laban Harpists


Trinity Laban alumnus and harpist Carmen Alcantara has successfully auditioned for the international youth orchestra Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, whilst five current harp students have made it into the reserves.

All of the students who auditioned successfully gained a place as a reserve in this prestigious orchestra: Laure Genthialon (who was a member of the orchestra in 2014), Juan Antonio Garcia, Letizia Eriano, Anna Legall and Lucia Stone (also a reserve in 2014).

Usually, there are two selected harpists and between four and eight reserves each year. So the representation of Trinity Laban alumni and students over the past couple of years has been extraordinary.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is considered the place for European orchestral musicians to forge their talents, with each year over two thousand talented musicians from all over Europe applying. The selected musicians work with some of the most important and high profile conductors and soloists, and appear in renowned concert halls and leading festivals in Europe and all over the world.

Trinity Laban alumni harpists continue to find success with orchestras around the globe. Solenn Grand has recently begun a role as principal harpist of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, while Melissa Kenny is principal harpist at the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra in Uruguay. In Europe, Alica Grifiths Turrillas is acting principal harp with the Pamplona Symphony Orchestra, and Milana Zaric is principal harp with the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra.

The above alumni and students have all trained with Gabriella Dall'Olio, Head of Harp Studies & Harp Chamber Music at Trinity Laban. As well as being an award-winning soloist, she performs with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and gives masterclasses and teaches internationally in Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Singapore and Australia.

Read Dall’Olio’s advice to aspiring musicians, drawing on her experience of performing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:    

Image: Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Credit: Cosimo Filippini)