Focus on Youth Session 5

Aimee Lam

Programme

Liebestraum - Liszt

Spanish Dance No. 1. - Manuel de Falla

Amid Flowers, Beside the River, Under a Spring Moon - Traditional Folk Song

Aimee Hang Yu LAM is currently 17 years old and started learning the harp at the age of 6 in Hong Kong. Now based in London, she is currently studying under the tutelage of Gabriella Dall'Olio. She obtained her Associate Diploma (with Distinction) aged thirteen and at fifteen, the Licentiate Diploma (with Distinction) in Harp Recital from the Trinity College of Music (London).

Her musicianship has developed hugely through her passion and talent which has brought her various international prizes, such as the Hong Kong Harp Competition (2015), the Korea International Harp Competition (2015 & 2018), the USA Young Artist's Harp Competition (2018), the Amidgala International Music Competition (2018) and the Bromley (UK) Festival (2019). In 2016, Aimee at 13 years of age was the youngest of the group of final six and won the Third prize in the “U19” category of the 4th International Harp competition held in Szeged, Hungary. She also claimed 3rd prize and was the youngest prize winner at the prestigious 2018 DHF World Harp Competition in the Netherlands.

She has participated in numerous public recitals, such as the Hong Kong Music Festival, All Saints' Cathedral Concert and the Hong Kong Amateurs Orchestra Concert. Her talent was recognized early when she was invited to perform David Watkins’s Fire Dance on a popular Hong Kong Children’s TV show at the age of nine. In 2016, she was invited to perform at the Asian Harp Festival in Seoul, Korea as part of the “Rising Stars of Asia Concert”. In 2018, She was invited to play at the International Harp Festival Suoni D'arpa at Saluzzo Italy. Apart from a solo performer, she also played with the Orchestra of the Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong as a Principal Harpist at the ISCMS 10th anniversary gala concert held in the Forbidden City concert hall, Beijing 2017. In UK, she played with the National Youth Orchestra at the NYO Inspire Day in London and will participate in the Concert Tour in the West Midlands in 2019 summer. As a Music Scholar at Bromley High School, she gives harp solo performance at different events regularly and plays with the school orchestra. In 2019, she played with the Senior Orchestra and Choir at the Cadogan Hall for the annual concert. She also play with local musicians such as the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society.

As a keen learner, she has attended the Harpy Summer Academy (Hong Kong) for the past two years giving her the opportunity to play solo, ensemble and learn from distinguished harp masters. She enjoys music and has thoroughly appreciated the ability to engage one-on-one in masterclasses with world renowned harpists such as Catherine Michel, Isabelle Moretti, Judy Loman, Gabriella Dall'Olio, Maria Luisa Rayan, Naoko Yoshiko, Sylvain Blassel, Emmanuel Ceysson and Sasha Boldachev etc.

Qi Han

Programme

Une Châtelaine En Sa Tour, op.110 - Gabriel Fauré

Le Rossignol - Franz Liszt

Sublimation - Yoshihisa Taira

Born in China in 1999, Qi Han began her musical journey at the age of 5 by studying the piano. In 2009, she was admitted to Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory for the harp major, and she started to study with Prof. Jason Chang, that was also the first time she discovered the harp, instrument which she fall in love with immediately. Very quickly, she participated in many chamber music projects and gave several recitals in different cities of China.

The young harpist performs as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra and others. She won the Lyon & Healy Award in Shanghai in 2014, and in the same year she won the 2nd prize of the International Harp Competition in Beijing. In 2016, she won the Special Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition in Hungary. She also had masterclasses with a lot of renowned professors such as Nancy Allen, Marrie-Pierre Langlamet, Fabrice Pierre, Jana Bouskova, etc. Qi Han is currently doing her bachelor degree at the Conservatoire de Paris with Prof. Isabelle Moretti and Geneviève Létang.

Amanda Kengor

Programme

Rhapsodie - Grandjany

Lute Suite in E Minor - Bach

Amanda Kengor is a harpist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2019, she was a prizewinner for both the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition and the American Harp Society National Competition in Winston-Salem, NC.

In high school, Amanda was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she was the winner of both concerto competitions in the 2019-2020 season. Amanda is currently studying with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School.

Marcelina Dabek

Programme

Movimento Rapsodico - Krzysztof Meyer

La Mandoline - Parish Alvars

Marcelina Dabek is a student of Dr. Aneta Salwińska at the Z.Brzewski Secondary Music School of Warsaw, Poland. Earlier she had been studying with Prof. Helga Storck and Dr. Anna Sikorzak-Olek.

Marcelina is a laureate of numerous national competitions in solo and chamber music categories and international competitions in Belgrade, Hong Kong, Munich, Zagreb, Bangkok Szeged, Lviv and in Wales where she was awarded with the special prize - a celtic harp funded by the Prince of Wales.

Marcelina has taken part in masterclasses with Isabelle Perrin, Imogen Barford, Anneleen Lenaerts, Chantal Mathieu, Johanna Seitz, Evelyn Huber, Naoko Yoshino, Andrew Lawrence-King and Alina Bzhezhinska. Marcelina has also played many concerts in Poland and abroad in venues such as Philharmonie am Gasteig, Mozarthaus Vienn, Bayerisches National Museum, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Polish National Philharmonie and National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert hall. She performed with orchestra of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and with National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. For her musical activity she had triply received a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and she is supported by the Polish Children’s Fund.

Evelien Vaneysendeyk

Programme

Sonate movement 2&3 - Rosetti

Elegia - Hirose

Mouvement pour Harpe - Marescotti

Evelien Vaneysendeyk was born in 2002 and started playing the harp when she was 9 and later the piano. She takes private lessons in harp with Lieve Robbroeckx and has had masterclasses with renowned harpistsàokk such as Catherine Michel, Patrizia Tassini and Chantal Mathieu.

Evelien has given solo recitals in Belgium and the Netherlands. In several international harp competitions in Belgium and abroad she has been rewarded with one of the top prizes, most recently in Japan and Wales (2018) and Ukraine and Russia (2019).

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