Exciting varied programs were performed during the Dutch Harp Festival. It was truly a pleasure to be in the jury for the World Harp Competition among the other wonderful jury members!
Thank you Gavriel Lipkind, Jana Boušková, Nikolaz Cadoret, Maryna Krut, Vasile Nedea, Sophie Nzayisenga! And of course, Remy van Kesteren, Christianne Nordermeer van Loo and Elizabeth Jaxon who invited me!
CONGRATULATIONS for the winners, Juabjo Corbalán, Julie Rokseth, Maria Sásilva!
Fruitful study days on the German harp and the repertoire at the Scola Cantorum in Basel!
It was absolutely exciting to perform the C.Ph. E. Bach, Solo für die Harfe ( 1762) on my Single-Action Pedal Harp by Naderman (Paris 1771). Discussion on the piece was opening a new door for all of us.
Wonderful to have days with Heidrun Rosenzweig, Mara Galassi, Flora Papadopoulos.
BEYOND, written for the Japanese Kugo is a recurrent sound journey of the present and the ancient period. Sound overlaps through centuries, reminiscent of melodies from ancient times and emotions. Beyond lies unwavering tranquillity that lasts forever. The piece is dedicated to Judy Kadar.
There have been no updates on my website for over a year! This was not because I was hiding, but simply did not get to update my site. So here is the brief summary of my update of the year.
I started teaching in Hochshule für Musik Detmold, Germany from October 2020. This has brought me a fresh challenge and I have been enjoying it since then!
Although the lockdown situation continued, I had been privileged to several Masterclasses. Some online and some live.
Mozarteum of Salzburg offered me 2 Masterclasses a year, which has been wonderful. I am very happy with the enthusiasm of Stephen Fitzpatrick, who invites me and his brilliant students!
Students of Manja Smits from Conservatory of Zwolle has been involved in playing on the single-action pedal harp this year. It is a delight to hear the students playing enthusiastically on the historical pedal harp!
It was difficult to have live concerts, however the concert in Japan took place! More than 300 audience came to the concert, which was amazing in this period.
I have been busy with playing the Kugo as well. A film of Kugo and a new composition was made recently.
And of course beside these activities, I was captured by photography and making films. Being in the nature brings me happiness and rest in mind.
We have wonderful news from the mayor of La Roche sur Foron in France. After months of uncertain period, we are happy to announce that our 12th HARP SUMMER MASTERCLASS ( 9-16 August, 2020 ) will go on!! You are most welcome to participate in this inspirational course, surrounded in the alpine mountains. Let us inspire each other and make music together!! All levels are welcome for small harp, pedal harp or single-action pedal harp. For information and application, please contact Manja Smits, my wonderful colleague and the organiser of this Masterclass.
I regret to announce that my concerts in the new season program of TAFELMUSIK in Toronto has been canceled . I was suppose to perform several concerts including 2 harp concertos, Mozart and Krumpholtz with them. I understand their situation and hopefully this program will be postponed!!
12th Harp Summer Masterclass in La Roche sur Foron ( 9-16 August, 2020 ), France together with my colleague Manja Smits is welcoming applications now. Manja has been organising this Masterclass for 11 years and it will be the 12th time this year. This is the 3rd time, she is inviting me. Due to the present circumstances, we will be listing students without any obligations. So if you are interested, just let us know! Further decision will be followed up, depending on the regulations regarding travelling.
Please go to the following site for applications: www.manjasmits.com/summer-masterclass
Here is a glimpse of our final concert in 2019. Film and recording is provided by Renate van Uffelen !
It was wonderful to find out that the Dutch radio station, Concertzender had broadcasted series of programs in 2017, on “Masumi Nagasawa and her special harps”. This program is on Jan Ladislav Dussek’s wife, Sophia Corri’s compositions!