Spiritual strings

Art August 11, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

The Thailand international harp festival and youth competition returns to town


The Thailand international harp festival and youth competition, which made its Southeast Asian debut last year, is back in town for its second edition and is being held at Chulalongkorn University from Wednesday until August 19.
The festival is divided into two parts, with the competition taking place on August 17 and 18 featuring young harpists from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Wales and Thailand. The venue is the university’s Maha Chulalongkorn building and admission is free.
The second part features four concerts, which are being staged in the university’s auditorium from Thursday until August 19. Up first is “Focus On Youth Concert”, which will be performed by the winners of three international competitions, among them Artemy Izmaylov from Russia, Mared Pugh Evans from Wales and South Korea’s Yeona Pi. On Friday night, Catrin Finch, the first royal harpist to Britain’s Prince of Wales takes the stage for “Catrin Live in Concert”, while on Miriam Overlach and the Lumaka Ensemble perform. Marielle Nordmann, the doyenne of harp in France, and Argentinian bandoneonist Eduardo Garcia close the programme on Sunday night with their concert “Encuentro Tangos et Milongas” at the Thailand Cultural Centre’s small auditorium.
With the slogan of "Friendship Through Music", this festival gives an opportunity to young harpists to meet their peers as well as to share with the best harpists and teachers in the world.
Tickets are Bt1,200 and Bt500 for student and  Bt4,000 for the four-concert package. Proceeds will go to the Thai Red Cross Society.
Call (02) 261 4777-8 or email: info@tamnakprathom.net.