Claire Iselin

Harp Recital

Saturday 27 September 2014  /  7.30pm  /  The Gallery  

£9.50 (student/child £5)

We are delighted to present an early Autumn recital by the young French harpist Claire Iselin. A rising international star Claire was awarded the inaugural City Music Foundation Award last October and has just completed a tour of the United States to great acclaim, winning the 2014 audience prize at Radford University Concert Hall, VA. 

Claire will perform in our recently refurbished Gallery with its warm acoustic. Her programme will include: 

Bedrich Smetana: My Vlast Moldau, fantaisie for harp solo, transcript by Hans Trnececk

Alphonse Hasselmans: La Source

Elias Parish-Alvars: Souvenirs de Taglioni

Pierre Sancan: Thème et Variations

John Marson: El Picaflor (Humming bird)

Henriette Renié: Piece symphonique

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"A stunning account from a harpist who obviously enjoys sharing her music with her audience...Claire has extraordinary maturity, technical and musical skills and honesty in her musical approach, yet she is still in her mid 20’s." UKHA, London 2013


Claire’s solo and chamber recitals have been received with acclaim by audiences and critics alike. She has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, China, Canada and recently made her debut at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Additional performances as a soloist have also included performing with the Kantanti Chamber Orchestra, the Mercury Quartet and Sidcup Symphonic Orchestra.  As a freelance orchestral player she has played with BBC CO, Manning Camerata, South Bank Symphonia and numerous others.

Claire has already won numerous awards and prizes including The City Music Foundation Inaugural Award Winner (2013, London); the 2014 audience prize at Radford University Concert Hall, VA USA; IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition 2013; Outstanding Musician & Grace M. Susino Award; Isabel Bond Gold Medal Competition 2013 for Excellence in Performance and Director's Prize for Achievement; principal harpist in The World Orchestra conducted by Josep Vincent.  She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2012 Silver Medal, winner of the Repertoire Orchestra Concerto Competition. EUYO guest principal in several projects in 2011. First joint prize North London Competition, 2009 and the John Marson Prize for an Outstanding and Creative Young Musician, 2008.

Born in Mulhouse (north-east of France), Claire Iselin started learning harp at 6 years old with her mother and has also played the violin, flute and timpani. She came to London in 2005 to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Professor Gabriella Dall'Olio, where she gained both a first class BMus(Hons) and MMus degree in Performance. While a student at Trinity Laban, she participated in masterclasses with renowned world harpists such as: Letizia Belmondo, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Andrew Lawrence King, Xavier de Maistre, Marielle Nordmann, Fabrice Pierre and mentored by Suzy Kawalec of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“She played with a musicianship and virtuosity I never heard before, and sounds I didn't think the harp can make" Barry Wordsworth, 2013, UK

"These were the most exhilarating 20 minutes of classical music I have ever heard!" Lord Lipsey, 2013, UK

Supported By

Arts Council England