A star is born! Harp Column
Born in 1991 Anaïs Gaudemard studied at Lyon Conservatoire and received First Prize on graduating in 2013, having already won First Prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel the year before. She went on to win the Thierry Scherz Prize at Gstaad’s Festival des Sommets Musicaux in 2015, which resulted in her debut CD of concertos by Debussy, Boieldieu and Ginastera with Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie, released in November 2016 and which has already been nominated for a 2017 International Classical Music Award.
French composer Philippe Manoury has always experimented with music. In his Instants Pluriels he uses two orchestras, each with its own conductor and playing in separate times (inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses), so what the audience hears is the interaction between the two. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Music Director Yip Wing-sie joins Resident Conductor of Deutsche Oper am Reim, Chien Wen-pin for the work, before Chien accompanies French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard in Ginastera’s colourful Harp Concerto, a belated centenary tribute to the Argentine composer who was born in 1916. Bartók’s virtuosic Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta – like the Manoury for two separate ensembles – closes the concert.