On 22 October 2017, a memorial concert took place in Munich to honor harp builder, Max Horngacher. (See „In Memoriam“ in the Fall 2017 issue of the World Harp Congress Review). It was organized by Helga Storck, Gunther Joppig and Gudrun Haag. Performers were Sabine Thiel, Helga Storck, and Ute Blaumer.
From 27 April to 1 May 2017 the annual meeting of the German Harp Association (VDH) took place in Ingolstadt and was hosted by Beate Fürbacher. Paul Patterson, composer in residence for the WHC in Hong Kong, gave a masterclass and was appointed an honorary member of the VDH. Several concerts, lectures, and workshops took place.
Eva Wombacher has been appointed Solo Harpist to the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
Nicoletta Sanzin from Italy gave a Masterclass in October 2017 on Italian Music of the 20th Century for students of Fabiana Trani at the Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf. The main focus was on music by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Franco Mannino, Nino Rota, Alfredo Casella, Luigi Perrachio, Adone Zecchi, and Barbara Giuranna.
In May, the finals of „Jugend Musiziert“ competition took place. In the category „Solo Harp“ first prizes were awarded to:
Age group III
Julia Lilith Grünbaum
Age group IV
Elena Manja Werner
Age group V
Clara Leonie Busemann
Luisa Maria Gabrisch
Age group VI
The VDH awards (German Harp Association) were awarded to:
Julia Dietrich, Sibhán Mathiak, Ersilia Mikrou, and Seraphina Jaffé.
Julia Dietrich also received the WESPE award for the interpretation of a work written by a female composer.
The 8th National Harp Competition of the VDH (German Harp Association) will take place in Sondershausen end of April 2018.
New to the competition, which includes orchestral excepts as part of the repertoire in the advanced level, will be an “Open Stage”.
For repertoire and more information please visit: harfe-vdh.de
The annual meeting of the VDH (Verband der Harfenisten in Deutschland) took place in Ingolstadt 29 April to 1 May. Paul Patterson gave a masterclass on his works and was appointed honorary member. Also severals lectures, concerts and discussions took place.
The 8th National Harp Competition of the VDH will take place in Sondershausen end of April 2018. New to the competition, which includes orchestral excepts as part of the repertoire in the advanced level, will be an “Open Stage”. For repertoire and more information please visit: harfe-vdh.de