Guest Artists

Irina Zingg


Multi-faceted harpist Irina Zingg - teacher, performer, publisher, producer -  holds degree with honors of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studied with Professors Milda Agazarian and Olga Erdely. She is appointed, since 2015, to teach the harp at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado. Her performing career began in Moscow in the earlier 1990 as principal harpist with the International Harp Duo Ailos Harp.    Today I. Zingg engages to teach around the world at annual seminars: Porto Harp Week (Portugal), Maribor Harp Seminar (Slovenia), Seoul Harp Seminar (Korea), has given seminars at the Düsseldorf Hochschule der Kunste, Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, and Conservatorio di Musica di Torino. Irina Zingg is the Professor-in-Residence at ISHA HarpMasters, and teaches at the Talent Music Master Courses (Verona, Italy). Engaging herself with the development of the harp today, Irina Zingg is the Founder & Artistic Director of the HarpMasters Academy & Festspiele, which serves today as an important link between generations of harpists worldwide. She research, ongoing, on the harp schools history and is the Correspondent for the World Harp Congress Review; her publications appeared in various harp periodicals internationally. She has one solo and two chamber CD albums to her credits. Irina Zingg is regularly invited to serve as jury member for national and international competitions.  

Chantal Mathieu


The French harpist, Chantal Mathieu’s musical gifts were recognized early on and rewarded by numerous prizes: She won the first prize of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris when she was only 14 years old in the class of Jacqueline Borot. This was notably followed by the first prize of the very famous International Harp Contest in Israel and first prize of the International Contest of the Soloists’ Guild of Paris, and the 2nd prize of the Geneva International Music Competition. She studied harmony, counterpoint and chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique whilst working in several orchestras and continuing her schooling by correspondence. Since, Chantal Mathieu has pursued an international career as a soloist as well as with famous orchestras (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra notably), alongside well-known conductors and famous partners. Her numerous records or CD’s. reflect the richness of her repertory. Chantal Mathieu worked in Germany for a while (Symphonic Orchestra of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Musikhochshule of Hamburg), before settling in Geneva. It is with great generosity that she transmits her knowledge to her students at the Lausanne Music High School (Switzerland). Most of them now hold important positions within the musical world.

Tajana Vukelić Peić


Born in Zagreb, Tajana Vukelić Peić studied at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. Afterwards she specialized in the harp in Conservatorio J. Tomadini in Udine, Italy with professor Patrizia Tassini. She also took masterclasses with Marie Graf, Ivan Ion Roncea and Ernestine Stoop. She is professor of harp at Pavao Markovac School in Zagreb. As a solo harpist and chamber musician she has performed all over Croatia and Europe. She collaborates with the main orchestras in Croatia (Orchestra of Croatian National Opera and Ballet, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Cantus Ensemble, The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra) She has also preformed in Macedonia (2009.2012), on Rio Harp Festival-Brazil (2010, 2012, 2014), Les Journées Internationales de la Harpe (2011). - Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana,  Boston, USA ( 2011),  in Rome (2012) -Italy,  Vatican (2012),  at the World Harp Congress -Sydney (2014), Tel Aviv ( 2015) She has recorded for the Croatian Radio and Television. She is an artistic director and organizer of Zagreb harp festival, international annual harp festival in Croatia (since 2013).

Celso Duarte (hijo)


Duarte is a virtuoso on the Paraguayan harp and Mexican jarocho harp. In 1998, he met Lila Downs while playing a festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, and since then has gained critical acclaim playing harp and violin in her band, La Misteriosa. Duarte made some of the arrangements and co-wrote the title track for Lila’s 2005 Grammy-Award winning album “Una Sangre (One Blood).” In addition, Duarte creates a new style of music by incorporating elements of jazz and world rhythms, including Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian styles. In 2006, Duarte released his first solo album, “De Sur a Sur (From South to South)”, featuring his arrangements of son jarocho and Paraguayan folk songs. Duarte has toured with his band, known variously as the Celso Duarte Quartet, the Celso Duarte Sextet, and the Celso Duarte Ensemble, at leading venues in the United States, including 2007 performances at Joe’s Pub in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and 2010 performances at Carnegie Hall in New York,  and the historic Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington. In addition to performing and recording, Duarte also spends time researching folkloric genres that are in danger of being lost. Asked about his harp playing, Duarte said, “My harp is for me a magic instrument. You can feel the resonance in your chest, in your arms, in your body.  

Marcela Méndez


Marcela was born in Argentina. She started her studies at the Escuela Superior de Música “Celia Torrá” in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos with the teacher Elena Carfi. She went on to study in Buenos Aires with Oscar Rodriguez Do Campo. Between the years 1998-1999, studying with Marielle Nordmann in Paris. In 2003, she studied in Italy, with the renowned investigator and harpist Mirella Vita. She has received many national and international prizes and in 1999, she got an award at the Arles International Chamber Music Competition. Marcela is a member of the Board of Directors of theWorld Harp Congress. Marcela has performed in recitals, concerts, masterclasses, lectures and courses in many conferences and festivals in Latin America, America and Europe. Frequently she has been a part of relevant artistic projects in her country and abroad. Marcela is the Artistic Director of the Nueva Escuela Argentina de Arpa, a society whose objective is the promotion of the musical instrument, the harpists and its music.

Marcelo Penido


Marcelo Penido is a member of a select group of Latin American harpists who graduated from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music in the US (Masters and PhD), under the guidance of harpist Susann McDonald, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading harpists and harp instructors. McDonald’s students are renowned and highly associated with the outstanding technical and interpretive skills which, in recent years, have contributed to the development of the pedal harp in Latin American concert halls – and Marcelo is no exception Since 2010 he has been harp professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Music (Brazil). His 30-year harp career has led him to perform in Argentina, Australia, the US, Italy, Japan and Mexico. As an orchestral harpist, he has participated in Brazil’s main orchestras, such as OSESP, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his career as a classical musician, Marcelo plays the electric harp in a Brazilian folk music band. As a result, his contribution to the expansion of Brazilian music is widely recognized, having incorporated the pedal harp to repertoires not previously explored in his home country.

Barbara Cerón


From Mexico City. Harpist & director, she is the first and only one latinamerican specialized on baroque harp. Graduated at Koninklijk Konservatorium in The Netherlands. In 2007 she gets her diploma in classic harp under the advice from Ernestine Stoop, in 2008, she gets the diploma in baroque harp with Christina Pluhar at the same school. Since 2011 is member of Ensamble Lucidarium (Italy), playing renaissance and medieval music. Next tour USA 2017. During her staying in Europe (2002-2012) She was member of ensemble Musica Temprana, and still making some programs together. She use to work with conductor Gabriel Garrido in different projects like Ensamble Elyma, Paraguay Barroco and Capilla de las Américas, as a player and as a teacher. She has been invited for giving masterclass at Conservatory of Genève, Switzerland, University of Queretaro and she is giving workshops constantly for festivals or cultural organizations.