Focus on Youth Session 3

Claire Thai


Sicilienne Variee - Damase

Deux Impromptus - Cras

Claire Thai is an internationally recognized harpist, most recently having won a prestigious Anne Adams Award, Lyon and Healy Award, 1st place at the Suoni d’Arpa competition in Italy, and 1st Place at the 2019 American Harp Society competition. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance at the Curtis Institute of Music. Other recent successes include 1st place at the 1st international Portuguese harp competition, as well as 1st place at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar international competition. In 2017, she performed in Hong Kong as part of the World Harp Congress.
Some of her notable performances include the Ginastera Harp Concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Renie Harp Concerto with the TSO, the Dubois Fantasie with TPYO, the Handel Harp Concerto and the Ravel Introduction and Allegro with the Rocky Ridge Orchestra, and the Gliere Harp Concerto with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Claire began study of the harp at age 5 and piano at age 4. She has studied with numerous world-renowned harpists including Elizabeth Hainen, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Dr. Christine Vivona, Lynne Aspnes, and Courtney Hershey Bress, and has performed in masterclasses for Emmanuel Ceysson, Nancy Allen, Maria Luisa Rayan, and Alice Giles. Claire has also performed under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Mark Russel Smith, and Jose Luis Gomez.

Huw Boucher


Sonata in F Sharp Minor k.25. - Scarlatti

Tarantula - Patterson

Pièce Symphonique - Renié

Huw is a passionate and hard working harpist. He has been learning the harp for 6 years and achieved grade 8 distinction within the first 3 years of playing. Huw has won many awards and one of the most notable is the prize of Rotary's young musician of great Britain and Ireland. Huw was also a strings finalist in the BBC young musician 2020, after 6 years of no harpists in the category finals. Huw has also played for members of the royal family including Prince Charles and Prince Harry. Huw is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and enjoys ensemble work. Huw's ambition is to become a professional harpist and perform around the world.

Woojin Lee


Life Is Flashing Before My Eyes And I Realize That It All Started With A Blackbird - Uno Alexander Vesje

Legend - Renié

I was 8years old, for the first time to hear the beautiful sound of harp,
I wanted to become a harpist.
In 2008, at the age of 10,
I performed in the 1st Asian Harp Festival,Rising star showcase in Hong Kong as my debut as a harpist.
In 2018, I won in the 4th Hong Kong Harp Competition.
Also, I received 7th prize(2016) and 5th prize(2019) in USA IHC.
I performed in Wolrd Harp Congress in Sydney(2014) and Hong Kong(2017)
Since 2017, I have been studying in CNSMDP with Isabelle Moretti.

Elena Vallebona


Vers la Source dans le Bois - M. Tournier

Sonata in C minor - G.B.Pescetti

Aria from Partita II for Harp - H.Holliger

Elena has won many prizes for her harp peformances. These includes 2nd prize at "Rencontres Internationales en Ile de France” and invited to play at Instrumentarium of Paris, 1st prize at “M.Tournier” competition, 2nd prize at the Harp Academy of Hannover. Graduated from the "Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella" of Naples with 10/10, cum laude and special mention in 2018.

Elena now studies at Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin of Strasbourg with P-M Vigneau. She has also been selected to join the Académie of Orchestre Philarmonique Strasbourg and to the Italian Youth Orchestra with whom she has taken part in the New Year concert conducted by D.Gatti, Accademia Chigiana, Ravello and Spoleto Festival, broadcasted on Rai5.

Eve Lung


The Lark - Mikhail Glinka (Arranged by Mily Balakirev, Transcribed for Harp by Ksenia Erdeli)

The Fisherman's Evening Song, Ancient Melody - Arranged for Harp by Chen Gang in the 1970s, shorter version

Impromptu, Op 86 - Gabriel Faure

Born in 2007, Eve started her harp training from Ms Amy Tam at 6.
Eve received prizes in many harp competitions, including 1st prizes of Harp Contests in HK, Italy & Korea. She was selected to perform in the 13th WHC ‘FOY’ at 9 and in 2018 & 2019 Suoni d’Arpa ‘HK Harp Talent’ at Saluzzo. She is also the harpist of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Besides playing harp, Eve also plays the piano passed diploma LTCL level. She is a music scholarship recipient studying in Yew Chung School HK.

Rena Kojima


Sonata K. 27 in b-minor - D. Scarlatti

LIZARDS - P. Patterson

Introduction and Variations on Themes from Bellini's Opera "Norma" - E.P. Alvars

Rena Kojima started playing the harp at the age of 10. She won best prize at the 8th K Unlimited Music Competition, 2nd Prize at the 21st Osaka International Music Competition, 4th Prize at the 5th Hong Kong International Harp Competition, 3rd Prize (1st Prize was not awarded) at the twenty-ninth Japan Classical Music Competition and 3rd Prize at the twenty-eighth Nippon Harp Competition Advanced Division. She was invited to perform in Taiwan International Harp Festival and the Asia Harp Festival in Korea. She performed Handel’s Harp Concerto and Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto with school orchestra after wining the audition. She’s studying the harp with Sayaka Onoda, Mieko Inoue, Naoko Yoshino, Reine Takano, Mai Fukui. She is a graduate student of music at the Tokyo University of Arts.

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