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  • Talma Gotteiner

Hanukkah: 4th Israeli Harp Competition

Hi there,

After a 2 year break due to the coronavirus, the Israeli harp competition will take place for the fourth time on the upcoming Hanukkah holiday. The competition, concerts, master classes, workshops and lectures are open to the general public. Also, for the first time, the competition and the host of events will be held at the Zucker Hall, Tel Aviv Culture Center.

WHEN: December 19-21, 2022

Hanukkah: 4th Israeli Harp Competition
Credit: Sunita Stanislow

The competition will include special events based on the 21st International Harp Competition that took place in March this year. These will include performances with various harp instruments, concerts in different styles every evening and afternoon, and several workshops, lectures, and master classes.

Mélanie Laurent, France, the winner of the 11th international competition in the USA, will especially come to Israel for the opening concert that will take place on December 19th, 2022, and will collaborate with the Latin American Folklore Ensemble. Mélanie is coming to us as part of an exchange prize between the international, Israeli and American harp competitions. She will lead master classes and serve on the jury of the competition.

On the second evening, there will be a special concert with the participation of the best Israeli harpists, and in the final concert, harpist Marina Fradin will play a varied repertoire of world music pieces with the ethnic ensemble led by Yinon Muallem.

Above all, the competition is designed to promote Israeli harp players by having them participate in the "Fourth Israeli Harp Competition", which will be at the center of the events. The competition is intended exclusively for Israeli harpists and aims to promote and enrich young Israeli harp musicians.

The Israeli harp competition is considered the "little sister" of the international competition and has been growing since its inception in 2011. This year, we are proud and excited to present 38 young Israeli competitors, in five categories, aged 10-25 years.

The jury will be headed by the renowned pianist, Prof. Jonathan Zak, and the jury will include the international harpist Mélanie Laurent from France, Dr. Ilana Lev-Cohen, and the harpists Sunita Staneslow and Ada Ragimov.


Monday, December 19, 2022 - The 4th Israeli Harp Competition

11:00 Category 1 - Lever Harps, musicians aged 10-14

12:30 Category 2 - Lever Harps , musicians aged 14-18

14:00 Category 3 - Pedal Harps, musicians aged 10-14

17:00 "The Echo of Strings" - Adina Haroz, harpist

18:00 Café Concert - Irish music celebration: Sunita Stanislow - harp Gal Shahar - fiddle

19:00 Open Stage - free entry

20:00 Opening Concert - Mélanie Laurent, France, Winner of the American Harp Competition. Guests: The Latin American Folklore Ensemble

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - The 4th Israeli Harp Competition

11:00 Category 4 - Pedal harp, advanced, musicians aged 14-18

14:00 Category 5 - Pedal harp, adults, musicians up to the age of 25

17:00 Workshop - Shahar Kachka: Demonstrations and Work on the Senegalese harp

18:00 Café Concert - The Harp in the Center - "The Black Rabbit of Inlé" based on the "Watership Down" book.

19:00 Open Stage - free entry

20:00 Evening Concert - "Harp Tones" - from Paraguay to Senegal; Six harpists and guests

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - The 4th Israeli Harp Competition Awards

11:00 Master class with Mélanie Laurent, France - intended for Israeli musicians by registering in advance. Open to the public, tickets must be purchased in advance.

14:00 Workshop with Adia Godlavsky - harpist and interdisciplinary creator

15:00 Workshop with Nadav Konieczny - Introduction to and treatment of the harp instrument

17:00 Announcement of the winners and distribution of prizes

18:00 Café Concert - a concert by various bands from around the country

19:00 Open Stage - free entry

20:00 Final concert - harp and world music - Marina Fradin, harp; An ethnic ensemble led by Yinon Muallem - Oud, percussion instruments and musicians


Price: 50-160 NIS depending on the event.

Tickets may be purchased here.



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