|Repertoire for this lecture-recital to include:
Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Carlos Salzedo, Bernard Andrès, John Thomas, Marius Flotuis, Darius Milhaud, Claude Debussy and Ástor Piazzolla.
We are two young harpists who live with their harps day and night, to the point where it has become our profession on all kinds of stages and chamber and orchestral ensembles, in our own countries and internationally. This time, we are choosing a duo format with a view to transmitting and interacting with our audience in new ways.
Conscious that the harp is a little-known instrument that awakens an unsatisfied curiosity in the audiences at the end of concerts, we aim to practise our Art by sharing this universe and the secrets of this instrument with our listeners, offering an unexpected musical voyage that will not leave anyone indifferent.
After the musical presentation, there will be a friendly meeting that we invite the audience to question in order to introduce and explain the workings of the harp, and perhaps to awaken the desire to get to know more about it. It is then together that we open our backstage doors from a closed and too-often secret world, to reveal to the audience through this innovative format that integrates pedagogical resources and calls on delicate senses.
Claire Iselin has played as a soloist in Europe, China, Canada and the USA, where she made her debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2014. She has performed, among other pieces, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Introduction and Allegro by Ravel, Danses Sacrée et Profane by Debussy with different formations such as l’Orchestre M, Kantati Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Quartet and Sidcup Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance artist, she has played in orchestras such as the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra, Manning Camerata, and orchestra's academy such as EUYO, The World Orchestra. However, the chamber music is particularly dear to her, it is found with different formations: Caravaggio Quartet (strings quartet and hp), Marson Harp Trio (3 hps), Billroth Ensemble (strings quartet, fl, cl and hp).
The winner of major international prizes such as the IBLA International Music Competition 2013, she also received a special Marson Prize mention for remarkable talent and the Grace M. Susino Prize. She also won the City Music Foundation Award 2013, Isabel Bond Gold Medal Competition 2013 and the John Marson Prize 2008 for Young Musicians’ Creativity and Excellence.
Born in Alsace (East of France), Claire, the daughter of a harpist, started to play the instrument at the age of 6, and later the violin and the flute. She went to London in 2005 to study harp at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Gabriella Dall'Olio and Frances Kelly (baroque harp), where she obtained a BMus (Hons) degree and a Master’s. Claire is also proud to receive the support of grants from the Fondation Alliance, Fondation Pierre & Jeanne Spiegel and Helen Roll.
Alicia Griffiths Turrillas was born in Pamplona, Northern Spain, into a musical family. She started to play classical guitar at the age of 7, and harp at the age of 13. Alicia completed her school and conservatoire studies in her home city and moved to Wales in 2006 to study harp in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she obtained her Bachelor degree. Alicia finished her Masters studies with Gabriella Dall’Olio, and with Frances Kelly on Baroque harp at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 2013, where she also taught harp and chamber music in the Junior Department. In 2011 she was awarded the John Marson Prize for Harp Studies which led to her debut recital at St. Martin in the Fields.
She performs regularly with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and has also collaborated with orchestras such as Royal Orchestral Society, London Mahler Orchestra, Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, Whitehall Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Filarmónica de las Islas Baleares, Orquestra Fundación Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country among others. However, it is chamber music that she is most passionate about, and enjoys working with various ensembles and interdisciplinary collaborations.