results
We congratulate our finalists

Juniors:


  1. Dina Laskina - Russia
  2. Millie Huang - the UK
  3. Anja Nydegger - SwitzerlandEla Yalcin - Holland

Youths:


  1. Zarina Zaranda - Poland
  2. Kalina Nowaczek - Poland
  3. Charlotte Bommas - Germany

about

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. We want to develop an independent and neutral Swiss culture.

Schedule



Application and video submission: 1st of May to 1st of August 2022

Results and invitations to the Presentational Round: no later than 10th of August 2022

Presentational Round: 1st of September 2022

Grand Finale and Prize Announcements: 3rd of September 2022

Gala Concert of Finalists: 15th of March 2023

Rounds



Qualifying Round - through HD video

Presentational Round - Live appearance in Lausanne, Basel, Lucerne, or Zurich

Grand Finale - Public live appearance in Musik Hug Zurich

Age limits



Lira Helvetia focuses on pre-college harpists and welcomes contestants from two age groups:

  • (J) Juniors - from 6 to 10 years old.
  • (Y) Youth - from 11 to 16 years old.

(number of full years as of September 1, 2022)

repertoire
(J) - Juniors, (Y) - Youths:
Qualifying Round (J)
HD video with two compositions of different characters (could be repeated in Presentational round).
Presentational Round (J)
Two compositions of different characters.
Total time at least 3 minutes long, but no more than 7 minutes long.
Grand Finale (J)
One bright composition, no more than 5 minutes long (could not be performed earlier in the competition).
Qualifying Round (Y)
HD video with two compositions of different characters (could be repeated in Presentational round).
Presentational Round (Y)
Two compositions of different characters.
Total time at least 5 minutes long, but no more than 10 minutes long.
Grand Finale (Y)
One bright composition, no more than 5 minutes long (could not be performed earlier in the competition).
* all works should be performed by memory
** the program could be changed no later than 25th of August
*** sheet music for the Presentational Round and grand Finale should be sent per email no later than the 29th of August

rules

On August 10, the qualifying round results and the schedule with contestants of the Presentational Round will be sent to all contestants by email and posted on the website.
The Jury of the Presentational Round will choose three contestants in each city for the Grand Finale in Musik Hug Zurich.
The live performance time is chosen randomly and could be changed only with a reasonable point. To switch the time with someone, please, notify us no later than the 15th of August.
The jury will give their marks in three categories: Stage Presence, Technical Aspects, and Style.
Each mark is between 1.0 and 10.0, with the capability to put 1/10 points in between (like 8.7).
After each contestant, our staff will collect all the points and count them on the computer.
After all the votes have been counted, the results will be presented to the jury for discussion, resolution of disputes with too close scores, and distribution of special prizes.
Rights of the contestants during the live competition
A selection of harps will be provided for competitors who cannot bring their own. We try our best to provide an assortment of sizes and brands; however, please understand that we are limited to what is available, and we cannot guarantee a particular make or model. Harps will be shared, and practice time will be assigned and limited depending on the number of people who need to use harps.

We kindly provide at least 15 minutes to warm up for each contestant. For the finale, there will be a minimum of 20 minutes. Also, we can give harps to choose from and practice during the competition day.

If you come with your harp, we will provide a room to tune it and warm up.

You can expect to have snacks and beverages during the competition and all the necessary informational assistance.
Liability of the competition
The Competition Committee will not be liable for any accident involving the competitor arising out of the participation in the competition, nor for any losses or material damage to a competitor's instrument and personal belongings.
Travel and medical insurance are recommended.
Travel and accommodation
The competition will provide a list of friendly hotels with reasonable prices.
The accommodation and travel costs are on the contestants.
prizes
All the contestants will get an invitation to the concert of the Harp festival Zurich, which takes place on September 2, 2022 in Tonhalle Zurich.

(J) - Juniors, (Y) - Youths:
First Prize (J)

A paid trip to the Salvi Factory for the winner and a parent to see how harps are made, try all the newest models and meet the staff behind that

Second Prize (J)
Get on stage with Alexander Boldachev: participation in one of Alexander's big concerts, coaching, and a private lesson
Third Prize (J)
Voucher from Music Hug to purchase strings, sheet music and recordings
First Prize (Y)

Private lessons with the Harp-Stars of our time. 5 leading teachers (Catherine Michel, Jana Boušková, Fabrice Pierre, Park Stickney, Isabelle Perrin) from around the world will give an online/offline lesson to the winner

Second Prize (Y)
Get on stage with Alexander Boldachev: participation in one of Alexander's big concerts, coaching, and a private lesson
Third Prize (Y)
Voucher from Music Hug to purchase strings, sheet music and recordings
jury members
registration information
The application form could be filled out here with all the necessary documents and answers no later than 01.08.22, including the Link to the Video on YouTube (private) or any other storing platform.
The registration fee is 50 CHF paid by PayPal or to Bank Account (incl. Name and Age of contestant).
A refund is relevant only if the organizers cancel the competition.
After checking all the documents, confirmation of the registration will come per E-mail
video characteristics

The video should be HD quality, horizontal, and include at least 80% of the harp and performer.

Better to put the camera (or good phone) right in front of the Harp and turn the instrument diagonally so that the column does not interfere with the view. The camera should be stable.

The video shouldn’t have any background noises and glitches and could be cut/edited only between the compositions.

At the beginning of the video, the contestant should say his/her name, age, and compositions/composer name, which will be performed (also, please, put it in the description of the video).

application form
Name
Surname
Email
Date of birth
CV (any actual achievements):
Passport copy of one of the parents:
Place of study
Teacher’s name
Contact details of the teacher (e-mail/telephon number)
Preferred city for the Presentational Round
Type of instrument
Will you bring your harp?
Program for all rounds
Video link for Qualifying Round
Sheet music of the Qualifying Round in PDF
payment
Entry fee 50 CHF

You can pay the registration fee either by PayPal or by bank transfer to:

Name: FREUNDE DER HARFE

c/o Alexander Boldachev

Bank: PostFinance

IBAN: CH76 0900 0000 1531 1114 4

BIC: POFICHBEXXX

Höglerstrasse 24

8600 Dübendorf

Reason for transfer: write applicant's name


Applicants will be charged of all bank expenses
For any reason please contact us: harpfestivalzurich@gmail.com
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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