Focus on Youth Session 2

Jernej Mišič


Prelude for Harp 1,2,3 - Alojz Srebotnjak

The Colorado Trail: Fantazy for Harp - Marcel Grandjany

Spanish Dance No. 1 La Vida Breve - Manuel de Falla

Jernej was born in Kranj on the 26th of August 2003. He started to play harp at the age of 6 in Kranj where he attended music school. His first teacher was his mother. He continued his study in the Conservatory of Music Jacopo Tomadini in Udine, Italy with professor Patizia Tassini. Just after one year of preacademic study he continued in butchler step. Jernej also participated in a master class with Isabelle Perin and Marie Pierre Langlement. As well as this, he has played in several competitions and he received more numerous 1st prizes: Concorso Zabaleta, M. Tournier, L. Zanucolli, Svirel, Versiglia, IMC Town, TEMSIG,.

Jernej was the youngest competitor in the Concours Lilly Laskine 2014 Paris, where he played in the second stage. He also received 100/100 points in the Diapason d'oro competition 2019, 3rd prize in Szeged harp competition 2019 and 1st prize 100/100 points in the International competition for young musicians Treviso October 2020.

Julia Dietrich


Variations on a Theme in the Ancient Style - Carlos Salzedo

Sonate für Harfe - Paul Hindemith
I. Mäßig Schnell
II. Lebhaft
III. Lied:"Ihr Freunde, hänget“ (L. H. Chr. Hölty) – Sehr langsam

17 year-old Julia Dietrich has studied harp for 12 years under instructions of Anneleen Lenaerts, Fabiana Trani and Prof. Fabrice Pierre. Currently she is in the class of Prof. Mirjam Schröder at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Julia is a winner of national and international harp competitions in Europe and USA since 2011, a scholarship holder of German music foundation Musikleben since 2016 and Jürgen Ponto Foundation from 2017-2020, a member of German National Youth Orchestra since 2018, an active soloist with professional orchestras: Sinfonietta Köln, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, etc. Julia has been invited to various chamber music festivals and performed with those festival ensembles. Her performances (solo, duo, Orchestra) have also been aired occasionally.

Renee Yadav


Fantaisie (Sur Un Theme De L'Opera Eugene Onegin) - E.W. Kune

Mathias Improvisations for Harp - William Mathias

Renee was born in 2006 and is a student of Katryna Tan (Rave Harps Singapore). Renee is the 4th Prize Junior winner in the Nippon Harp Competition (Japan, 2018), 1st Prize Junior winner in the Young Talents Project (Singapore, 2017) and 1st Prize winner in the Young Artist’s Harp Competition (USA, 2016). Renee was awarded Distinction with Honors at the Raffles Music International Festival Chamber Competition (Singapore, 2019). She performs actively as a soloist and with the Rave Harps Ensemble.

Janice Hur


Sonata No. 12 in F Major KV332 (1st movement) - Mozart
Legende D'Apres Les Elfes de Leconte de Lisle - H. Renie

Janice was born in San Francisco in 2005 and began playing the harp at the age of five, and had the privilege of learning under the instruction of Linda Wood Rollo in the United States. In 2012, she returned to Korea. Janice has won numerous international prizes including the 3rd place at the National Harp Competition in the American Harp Society Junior Division 2015, 2nd place at SOKA Nippon international harp competition 2016, 3rd place at Hungary Szeged international harp competition 2016, 1st place at Felix Godefroid international harp competition 2017, 3rd place at Pratte international harp competition in 2019, 1st place at YAHS international harp competition in 2020. Janice performed at “Stars of Tomorrow” in 2016 USA international harp competition, at Solo Recital at Kumho Prodigy Concert in Korea in 2017 and 2019, and at Focus on Youth Concert in 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017.

Victoria Markova


Sonata in F minor K. 466 - D. Scarlatti

Fileuse (Marguerite au Rouet),op.27) - A.Hasselmans

Sonata in C minor - J.L.Dussek

Ratchenitza - Svetoslav Obretenov

Victoria Antonio Markova was born 2004 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started to play the piano when she was 5 and the harp at the age of 10. In September 2014, she began to study at The National Shcool of Music "Lyubomir Pipkov" Sofia, Bulgaria in the harp class of prof Kohar Andonyan.

Victoria participated in many class productions and concerts as well as the opening concert of "Arpissima" 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria and at the closing concert of S. Klincharova's master class at Saint Mary's Church Paris, France. She is also performing in Ensemble "Harps and Guitars" and as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra ‘’Orpheus’’ and with Youth Philharmonic Orchestra ‘’SOFIA’’. Victoria has also attended master classes with Emanuela Degli Esposti , Ion Ivan-Ronce ,Victor Hartobanu and Anna Loro.

Her first success with the harp was at the International competition for young performers of classical music instruments 2015 Pernik, Bulgaria in which she won 1st prize. This was then followed by the 20th International Competition "Petar Konjovic" in Belgrad,Serbia where she took 2nd prize. Victoria has won many more prizes and awards, including:

1st Prize with Honourable Mention - First Music Competition Online 2020,Opus Artis-Paris, France; ‘’Pavlina Dokovska’’ SCHOLARSHIP 2020; ; 2nd Prize – 9th International Harp Contest Suoni d’Arpa in Saluzzo, Italy (2019); Honourable mention - Concertino Praga (2019); 2nd Prize and Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture at String Instruments Category - Dobrin Petkov Competition for Young Performers of Orchestral Instruments - Plovdiv (2019); 1st Prize- and Absolute Winner in the nomination HARP 2018 - IX INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION 2018 Belgrade,Serbia; 1 st Prize and Special Prize to play as a soloist with Chamber Orchestra Orpheus at International Competition for young performers of classical music instruments Pernik, Bulgaria(2017); Golden Medal - 4TH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF THE HARPIST ASSOCIATION OF SLOVENIA in Velenje, Slovenia 2016; 1st Prize - Competition with message "Love is music, music is love"2016, Sofia, Bulgaria;3th Prize - XXIV INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS AND COMPOSERS "MUSIC AND EARTH" Sofia, Bulgaria 2016.

She has been singing in a children's vocal choir "Shturche" with whom she has participated in many charity concerts and festivals. In addition to classical music, Victoria has interest in contemporary music. She likes to dancing, drawing, travelling and is a strong advocate for the protection of the environment and animals.

Yuki Dempo


Fantaisie - Spohr

Variations Sur Un Theme dans le Style Ancien - Carlos Salzedo

Yuki Dempo was born in July 2005 in Japan and is currently studying at Ritsumeikan Uji high school. Yuki has studied the harp from 7 years old and has received the Board of Education Award at the 66th Fukui Prefecture Music Competition.

Yuki has also won the following accolades:

- 3rd award at 16th Osaka International Music Competition Harp (no age limit)
- 2nd award at 17th Osaka International Music Competition Harp (junior section)
- 3rd award at 28th Japan Harp Competition Junior Division
- 2nd award at 32th Japan Harp Competition Advanced Division

Yuki is currently studying under the instruction of Ai Nanjo and Kumiko Inoue.

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