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Anneleen Lenaerts

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Anneleen Lenaerts to première Kalevi Aho’s concerto for harp and strings “Mearra“ in Finland

Anneleen Lenaerts to première Kalevi Aho’s concerto for harp and strings “Mearra“ in Finland

On 16 September, renowned harpist Anneleen Lenaerts will give the Finnish première of Kalevi Aho’s Mearra – a work specially written for her by the acclaimed composer – partnered by the St Michel Strings and conductor Erkki Lasonpalo in Mikkeli, Finland In this concert, Anneleen will also perform Debussy’s Danse Profane et Danse Sacrée For further information, ...

Anneleen Lenaerts to perform at the opening concert of the Moritzburg Festival

Anneleen Lenaerts to perform at the opening concert of the Moritzburg Festival

World renowned harpist Anneleen Lenaerts will be returning to the Moritzburg Festival, this time to perform at the opening concert of the 2018 edition on 11 August Performing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, she will be joined by flutist Marina Piccinini, the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra and conductor Josep Caballé Domenech Preceding the nearly sold-out opening concert, there will be two further ...

Biography

Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts has established herself as one of the leading soloists of her instrument. In 2010 and aged just 23, she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position she holds until today. Moreover, she has won an astonishing 23 prizes, including Munich’s ARD International Music Competition and the Grand Prix International Lily Laskine – one of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world.

Anneleen has appeared at top concert halls around the world, such as the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus and Bozar. She enjoys regular chamber music collaborations with distinguished artists and ensembles including Vadim Repin, Jan Vogler, Dionysis Grammenos, Avi Avital, Severin von Eckardstein, Marina Piccinini, Kim Kashkashian, Adam Walker, the Quator Ebène, the Quator Modigliani and the Berlin Philharmonic Quintett among others.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, among others.

An exclusive Warner Classics artist, Anneleen has already made two recordings for Warner with three of the most important harp concertos from the 20th century by Joaquín Rodrigo, Reinhold Glière and Joseph Jongen. Last season, she released a CD with Transcriptions for Clarinet & Harp by Schumann & Schubert with the clarinettist Dionysis Grammenos. Her upcoming CD, an homage to Nino Rota, will be released in 2019 to coincide with the composer’s anniversary and will be featuring the harp concerto in G major, the Sonata for Flute and Harp and a Selection of film music arranged for solo harp and strings.

Anneleen enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho and she started this season with the World Premiere of his Concerto for Harp ‘Mearra’ which she performed with the Ensemble Resonanz at the opening evening of the Flanders Festivals. Subsequently, she appeared at Vienna’s Musikverein and at the Klagenfurt Konzerthaus with the Croatia Radio Symphony Orchestra. The current season will see Anneleen making her debut with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and returning to the Wiener Akademische Philharmonie and the Bruckner Orchestra. She will also appear in concerts with the Zaide Quartet in Belgium, as well as in Berlin’s Konzerthaus with Severin von Eckardstein and at the Moritzburg and Aspen Music Festivals.

Anneleen Lenaerts started playing harp with Lieve Robbroeckx and she then continued her studies at the Conservatories of Brussels and Paris where she gained her Harp Master degree with highest distinction. She completed the ‘Cours de perfectionnement’ at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Isabelle Perrin. In 2004, she received the Flemish Government scholarship (Young Talented Musicians) and in 2010 she became a laureate of the Paris’ ‘Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire’.

Reviews

If you think about harp music, you often think of romantic scenes. This is something Anneleen wants to change. And she did: as well as during the performance of the Debussy Dances, as during “Mearra”, the piece that the Finish composer Kalevi Aho wrote for her. Thos who closed their eyes and only trusted their ears would have sworn to have heard piano sounds. It is simply amazing what Lenaerts does with her hands and fingers and the strings of the harp. But Lenaerts was not only drawing attention to her self and her instrument and she never pushed away the strings. The Finnish composer, who attended the concert, seemed very pleased after the performance.
- Nieuws
 (Rudy Tollenaere)
, 2017
...harpist Anneleen Lenaerts displayed dynamic finesse, nuance in articulation and jaw-dropping skill...
- Aspen Times
...Members of the harp community in Wales and other parts of England gathered in Cardiff to experience the musical talents of the young Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts. (…) From the moment of arrival it was clear that this was going to be an event of high quality. (…) From the opening bars of CPE Bach’s Sonata in G it was obvious that Anneleen’s impressive technical ability was going to be used in service of the music. Clean playing, variety of tone and truly musical phrasing enabled the intentions of the composer to be communicated effectively to the audience. Anneleen exploited the range of tone available from the harp to great advantage, the depth and richness of the sound being harnessed throughout the evening.
- Holywell Newsletter
Anneleen Lenarts shines new light on the two featured composers with her compellingly idiomatic arrangements and spontaneous musical communication which goes from her nimble fingers (and feet!) straight through to the listener’s heart. (…) This disc held me spell-bound, and I would love to hear some more from Anneleen Lenaerts; she is without doubt a musical enchantress. Enthusiastically recomended.
- SA-CD.net

Discography

Schumann & Schubert - Transcriptions for Clarinet and Harp
Released October 2016 on Warner Classics

Anneleen Lenaerts & Dionysis Grammenos

Harp Concertos - Glière/Jongen/Rodrigo
Released October 2014 on Warner Classics

Brussels Philharmonic

Conductor: Michel Tabachnik

Chopin & Liszt
Released April 2011 on Aliud Records