Course teachers: Isabelle Perrin and Erik Groenestein-Hendriks (harp), Stephen Parker (Alexander Technique)
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From a very young age, Isabelle Perrin has been passionate about the harp. She began her training at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, where she gave her first public recital at the age of seventeen, then continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and later on the Orchestre National de France as co-principal harpist for 25 years. Invitations to give recitals and concerto performances with orchestras worldwide have led her to a truly international career. In addition to her solo career, Isabelle Perrin is Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is regularly invited as a guest professor by renowned institutions such as Indiana University, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Royal College of Music in London, etc. Isabelle Perrin has been decorated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and admitted to the Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters; she is currently Artistic Director to the World Harp Congress as well as Honorary Associate to the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Erik Groenestein-Hendriks has been the principal harpist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He has played with orchestras around the world, and with conductors such as Haitink, Dudamel, Gardiner and Nelssons. From 2007 until 2010 Erik was the solo harpist of the Orquesta Philharmonica de Santiago (Opera/Ballet) in Chile.
As a soloist he has been asked to play with orchestras around the world, such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Musica Vitea, and Norrlands Opera.
In 2012 Erik bought an Erard harp. With this instrument he played with well-known historical instrument ensembles such as the Combattimento Consort, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Anima Eterna, Les Siegles and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
As a chamber musician Erik is active with a flute/harp duo with Anders Jonhäll, a viola/flute/harp trio with Tuula Fleivik Nurmo and Håvard Lysebo, and is a member of the Ensemble Caplet, a combination of harp, flute and string quartet. This ensemble mostly performs French repertoire and has been giving concerts all around Europe.
Since 2015 Erik has taught at the Högskolan för Scen och Musik at the University of Gothenburg.
Stephen Parker teaches the Alexander Technique to many known musicians and actors in Norway. He runs private practices in Bergen and Oslo, and works with many musicians in several national orchestras in both Norway and Sweden, including the National Opera in Oslo, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera. He also has a permanent position at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he teaches both students and teachers. He emphasizes the direct application of the Technique to playing and practicing.
Course Content and Practical Information
Participants will be offered the highest quality teaching, focusing on solo repertoire and orchestra excerpts, as well as accompanying lessons in the Alexander Technique.
Programme framework :
- Individual teaching and masterclasses
- Group teaching (orchestra excerpts)
- Alexander Technique tuition
- Mock audition with panel
- Prize of playing with the Gothenburg Symphony for a week
- Daily Qigong warm-up
- Youth mentoring - more news on this soon!
Each participant will receive 4 lessons in total from Isabelle and Erik and 2 Alexander Technique lessons, as well as group classes.
Course language: Main language is English.
Places are limited, so please apply soon. Places will be granted pending approval of your CV. This can be sent to: (or use the enquiry form below)
Cut-off date for applications is 15th February 2020. Pending insufficient applicants the organizing committee reserve the right to cancel the course up until this date.
The following are pieces that can be prepared for the course - participants do not need to prepare them all, and they can also bring their own pieces that they are working on. You may, for example, wish to bring your own solo piece(s) in addition to picking out two from the suggested list.
Suggested solo pieces: Please prepare at least two of these.
Spohr, Fantasy for harp in C minor, Op.35
Händel, Harp concert in B flat major
Mozart, Flute & harp concerto in C major
Fauré, Impromptu No. 6, Op 86
Hindemith, Harp sonata
Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane
Please prepare two out of three Cadenzas:
Ravel, Tzigane - cadenza
Tchaikovsky, Swan lake - cadenza
Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor - cadenza
Obligatory Orchestra Parts:
Strauss, Salome's Dance (10 bars before Q until Y)
Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements, Fugue (from 171 until the end)
Fugue (from 171 until the end)
Obligatory 2-part Orchestra pieces (please prepare both parts):
Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique (pages 1,2 and 3)
Verdi, La forza del destino, ouverture
This is a non-exhaustive list; participants are welcome to include more excerpts. Likewise, the mock audition will be based on these pieces.
The course fee includes all teaching, accommodation and meals (except Sunday evening when participants are left to organize their own meal arrangements). Travel to and from Gothenburg is left to the participants.
Please indicate - whether you plan to bring your own instrument.
- whether you do not need accommodation in Gothenburg.
- whether you have special dietary requirements (vegan/vegetarian/food allergies)
The minimum age limit is 18. Please contact us if you are under 18 and wish to attend. FFF
For fees: see below.
Information and help with local travel can be provided by the committee. See the contact form below.
Arrival will be on Wednesday evening 20th May with teaching commencing early the following day, and departure Sunday afternoon. The course will run until Sunday (24th) around 14.00.
The total course fee is due by 28th February 2020. Receipts will be issued for all payments received. Fees are payable in Norwegian kroner (NOK).
Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be received by 10th March 2020. Cancellations carry a transaction fee of NOK 500. After this date no refunds will be issued.
Accommodation will be at LeMat B&B, just 4 minutes walk from the Concert Hall.
Please indicate single or double preferences, or no need for accommodation (meals are, however, still included in the fee).
Single - total cost of course: NOK 5250 (limited places)
Double (shared twin room): total cost of course: NOK 4950
Course fee : meals but without accommodation: NOK 4000