Guest Artists

Irina Zingg

Russia

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

France

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 and Biserka Krčelić

Croatia

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).

Biserka Krčelić began to learn harp with Dunja Havala at the Music School ‘Josip Hatze’ in Split, and finished her high school education in the class of Branka Janjanin–Magdalenić at the Music School ‘Vatroslav Lisinski’ in Zagreb. As a student of Ruda Ravnik–Kosi and Marija Mlinar, she graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb and later obtained her Master of Arts degree at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the class of Arcola E. Clark. Biserka Krčelić attended master-courses with Sarah Bullen, Ion Ivan-Roncea, David Watkins, Charlote Seal, Gabriella Dall’Olio, Thelma Owen, Imogen Barford and Hugh Webb. She performs as a soloist and in various chamber orchestras in Croatia and abroad.

Celso Duarte (hijo)

Mexico

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

Argentina

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

Brazil

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

Mexico

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.

Santiago Di Morales

Mexico

Santiago Di Morales was born and raised in Veracruz,Veracruz, México. From early age his family devoted his energy into the studies of art, literature, dance. In the U.S. he study at Indiana University School of Music with Distinguish Professor Susann McDonald, while at the same time studying with Dr.Erzsebet Gaal, Hungarian pedagogue & harpist. He represented Mexico at the World Harp Congress in the U.S. and abroad. Has given concerts in major cities of the U.S. Canada, Mexico & South America. Santiago Di Morales obtained second prix a le Concour de la UNESCO in 2005. Premier Prix a le Conservatoire de Cannes, where he studied with Mme Dabos. His CD Orpheé L´Eternal Reveur, contains pieces spanning 450 years of music, transcriptions and originals for harp. The month of October 2014 he was invited to give a Master Class on the region of Alpes Maritimes, Grasse South of France with Mme Megan Metheney & Mme Elizabeth Fontan Binoche. Since 2010 Santiago Di Morales hold it the Class for Harp, for the first time in the History of the State of Jalisco and the Occident of México at the Institute Cultural Cabañas. As well in the private studio of Suzuki Guadalajara, this last one is described as Innovator by the Association of Suzuki of the Americas. Baltazar Juarez Artistic Director of the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival, requested that Santiago Di Morales become the Executive Secretary for the Music Harp Festival of Mexico, 2016 and Executive Secretary of the jury in the Harp Competition 2017.

Heaven Fan

Taiwan-United States

Described by critics as “captivating optimism and charm” and “virtuoso harp playing”, Dr. Heaven Fan has won competitions in Taiwan and the U.S., including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, the National Taiwan Music Competition, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Switzerland, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concert with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China. She has served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and the Fourth Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival 2016. Dr. Fan has received her Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her Master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Fan is currently on the faculty at Anderson University and the MasterWorks Festival. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held principal orchestra positions.

Christian Topp

Germany

Born in Germany in 1973. He started his harp studies at the age of 9 in Basel, Switzerland. From 1991 to 1993 he continued his musical training at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik München with Professor Helga Storck. Subsequently, he participated in the World Harp Congress in Copenhagen. From 1993 to 1998 he continued his musical training in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor David Watkins, where he got the Bachelor of Music and the Concert Recital Diploma. His solo work includes concerts by Bach, Boieldieu, Debussy, Glière, Händel, Mozart, Vivaldi and Wagenseil. Since 2005 he is principal harpist of the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra (OSEM). Since August 2017 he teaches harp at the School of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, Mexico, Universidad Panamericana. Christian Topp studied conducting in 1996 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and in 2005 at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule in Dresden. He continued his studies at the School of Music UNAM in Mexico City in 2005 and 2006. He has conducted the Yucatan State Youth Symphony Orchestra, the University of Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Choir, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Danube Symphony Orchestra Budapest, the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (OSEM), the Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra (OJUEM), the Carlos Chávez School Orchestra and the Mexiquense Symphony Orchestra.

Maryén G. Muñoz

Mexico

From the outset of her career, Maryén has given numerous recitals, solo concerts, performed in symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and stage shows at many esteemed cultural forums and international festivals in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, England and Spain. Originally from Mexico, she currently lives in Madrid, where her main undertaking is to promote the harp and Latin American music from a humanistic, inventive and contemporary perspective. It is from this same aspiration that Tierra 47 has emerged, leading to the creation of a multidisciplinary team whose goal is to craft a harp festival that considers additional perspectives of creation, exhibition, thought, openness and research. Member of the World Harp Congress, the American Harp Society, Spanish Harp Association and voting member of The Recording Academy which awards the annual Grammy Awards. Her discography includes Agave Invention, Noa’s Harp Music, Angel Coo, Angel Christmas and the DVD It’s Bedtime, all available on current major digital platforms. She was the recipient of a grant from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts (1999), with which she compiled a series of harp pieces based on Mexican children’s poetry. The result was Arpaso a Pasito a children’s beginner harp method for those just starting out in the harp world. She has given numerous lectures on the need to include the study of harp in early childhood education. And has been part of the jury of three International Harp Competitions held in Mexico and Argentina. From 2001 to 2004 she was director of the Music and Dance Initiation School at the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center (CCOY) in Mexico City, a space for the creation and promotion of artistic and cultural education under the sponsorship of the Mexico City Ministry of Culture, and where she also taught the harp from 1996 to 2008.

Eugenia Espinales Correa

Mexico

Mexican harpist graduated with honorable mention of the National School of Music of the UNAM and with Unanimity and Special congratulation of the jury of the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, under the supervision of the harpists Baltazar Juárez and Isabelle Perrin. She has been winner of the National Harp Contest in 1998 and in 2006, also of the Contest Latin American Arpa Cecilia de Majo Venezuela, was awarded the prize “Ing. Bernardo Quintana Arrioja “that was given to him by the former rector of the UNAM Dr. Juan Ramón de la Fuente. His solo performances have been with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National School, Yougth Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Chamber Orchestra of the University of Michoacán and the Symphony Orchestra of Xalapa. He has performed multiple recitals of harp alone in different venues and festivals in Mexico, France, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, among which the National Music School, the National Conservatory of Music, National Center for the Arts, the Sala Carlos Chávez of the Cultural Center University, the National Museum of Watercolor, International Book Fair in the Palace of Minería. He has been principal harpist of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (USA) and in the Academic Orchestra of the “Campos do Jordao Winter Festival” (Sao Paulo Brazil), with which has toured the best concert halls of the American continent such as Lincon Center, New England Conservatory, Nezahualcoyotl Hall, Palace of Bellas Artes, Teatro Colón, Sao Paulo concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater, etc. He has collaborated in recordings of 4 CD’s of classical music with Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Gustavo Dudamel, Benjamin Zander, Chirstopher Wilkins, Kurt Mazur and Roberto Minczuk, among others. In August 2010 he obtained the position of Principal Harpist of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra belonging to the University Veracruzana under the direction of the Master Lanfranco Marcelletti Jr. At the moment belongs to the program of Masters and Doctorate in Music of the University National Autonomous of Mexico studying the Master degree in Interpretation and artistic research on the Mexican composer Mario Ruiz Armengol.

Julia Rovinsky

Israel

Julia Rovinsky is the principal Harpist in the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and a teacher in the “Buchman” Music School in Tel-Aviv University. She has performed as a Soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic and with other orchestras in Israel and abroad. She has performed in recitals in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Julia was born in St. Petersburg and has a Music Master’s degree from the Rimsky Korsakov Music School in St. Petersburg. In 1988, she won the first prize in the National Harp Contest in Moscow. Julia has played chamber music in various Festivals in the World and conducted Masterclasses in numerous renown music schools. She has recorded several CD’s as a solo harpist and several of chamber music. In 2002, she won the Prime Minister’s award for best performance of an Israeli piece.

Mario Falcao

Portugal-United States

Mario Falcao, Professor Emeritus at State University of New York at Fredonia and Visiting Professor at Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Portugal. A winner of a Special Prize at the 5th International Harp Contest in Israel for the performance of a contemporary Israeli harp composition. Frequent collaboration with composers in Europe, US and South America has produced many new solo, chamber and Concertos written specifically for him and recorded in several albums. Extensive international career as a recitalist, orchestra Soloist and chamber music player. Frequent member of Jury of International Harp Competitions (United Stated, Great-Britain, France, Japan, Russia). Member of the American Harp Society he is a Past Chairman of Board of Directors the AHS and is a current member of the Board of Directors. He is a Founding member of the World Harp Congress and member of the Board of Directors. Guest at Master Classes and Harp Courses in US, Europe, Japan, China, Brazil and Australia.

Celso Duarte

Paraguay-Mexico

Edmundo Camacho

Mexico

Pablo Viadana

Pablo Viadana

Mexico