01/02/03/04
September 2022
01/02/03/04
September 2022

intro

Harp Festival Zurich was established in 2019 together with Musik Hug Zurich and Salvi Music as a multi-instrumental platform, united by one of the oldest instruments – the Harp. More than 200 Harp teachers in Switzerland and several thousand people play this instrument. We are proud to have our own Volk’s Harps, the only double Grammy Award winner – Andreas Vollenweider, modern harp factory – David Harps, and many young performers, alumni of Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Lugano, and Lucerne conservatories.

Our mission is to give people an opportunity to learn about this versatile instrument, find more fans and students, support young performers and invent new exciting combinations. COVID 2019 canceled the development of the art, but we would like to regain the development of the Festival and keep going in 2022.

This year the Festival will be partly dedicated to the current situation, uniting the players from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, making a concert of the choir and orchestra of the Refugees entering Switzerland in 2022, and helping charity organizations to achieve their goals. Also, we will present Swiss artists performing on the Electric Harps and make a new exciting competition Lira Helvetia, to increase the interest of the young generation
competition

Lira Helvetia is the Swiss Harp Competition for young harpists, organized with Musik Hug, focusing on discovering new talents and encouraging them to evolve, rise and present themselves on the top level.


To involve more contestants, we are having our first rounds in the following cities: Zurich and Lucerne, and the Grand Finale in one of the Europe's oldest Music House on Zurich’s Limmatquai.

Our main goal is to raise interest in the harp in Switzerland & beyond and make this instrument more fashionable, modern, and attractive to the young generation. Therefore, we actively use social networks and communication between our contestants and the public.

Our contestants should get two main things: pleasure from being surrounded by music, care, and happiness; professional experience from the concert stage atmosphere, cheerful public, and expert feedback from the jury. We want to develop an independent and neutral Swiss culture.
learn more
Alexander Boldachev
Founder & Artistic Director
Swiss-Russian harpist, composer, arranger, guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theater, and official artist of Salvi Harps. Prize-holder of various international competitions and awards, such as ProEuropa, Aoyama Music, Prix Walo, and many others.

Has produced more than 200 classical and pop arrangements and 30 compositions for harp and ensembles. Alexander is constantly touring around the world with concerts and workshops. Has six published albums.

history
2019
The Festival had 5 main events, a harp exhibition, and workshops. We presented Jazz, Classical, Electronic, and Multigenre music from Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the USA.
Headliners: Remy van Kesteren and Park Stickney. We were happy to have Kurt Aeschbacher as a moderator on our events. Over 1000 people were wising our concerts.
2021
The Festival had three main events, mostly online due to pandemics. We presented Swiss Folk, Alternative, Fingerstyle, and Classical. Over 100 people we visiting our concert live and we had around 5’000 online listeners.
Headliners: Alex Misko and Andreas Vollenweider.
you can support us

Harp Festival Zurich is doing a project together with Swiss and Ukrainian musicians, Swiss Asylum Orchestra and Refugee Children Choir. Together we are raising money for Orphans with rare illnesses through "OrphanHelathcare" and Swiss Help to the Refugees through "Glückskette".


Your help is very much appreciated.

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partners & donors 2022

co-founding partners 2019

contacts
Alexander Boldachev
Artistic Director
boldachev.harp@gmail.com
Kristina Chekhriy
Festival Administrator
harpfestivalzurich@gmail.com
Polina Skriabina
Festival Administrator
harpfestivalzurich@gmail.com
Daria Neuhaus
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