Brussels Philharmonic | Anneleen Lenaerts, harp

Anneleen Lenaerts, harp

harpist Anneleen Lenaerts displayed dynamic finesse, nuance in articulation and jaw-dropping skill
Aspen Times

Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is one of the leading soloists of her instrument. In December 2010 Anneleen was appointed Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Anneleen won an impressive amount of prizes at international harp competitions. Between 1997 and 2010 she gained not less then 23 highly important prizes of which the “Grand Prix International Lily Laskine”, one of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich are particularly outstanding. At the latter, she was both a prizewinner and winner of the Audience Prize.

As a soloist Anneleen has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, the Brussels Philharmonic, and the National Orchestra of Belgium amongst others. Anneleen Lenaerts has made her solo debut at venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Bozar in Brussels and in festivals such as Rheingau Festival, Lockenhaus and Aspen Music Festival. Solo appearances have been recorded by various stations including BBC 3, Radio France Musique and Deutschlandfunk.

Anneleen's latest recording for Warner Classics ‘Nino Rota – works for harp’ was released in april 2019 and features a collaboration with Brussels Philharmonic, Emmanuel Pahud and Adrien Perruchon. Previously she worked together with Brussels Philharmonic for the Warner Classics release of three of the most important harp concertos from the 20th century by Joaquín Rodrigo, Reinhold Glière and Joseph Jongen.

She received the Flemish Government 2004 YoTaM scholarship (Young Talented Musicians). In 2006 she was awarded the 'le Prix Culturel International de la Jeunesse " by the Governor of Basse et Haute Normandie. In 2007 she was granted a scholarship of the Artistic Foundation Mathilde E. Horlait-Dapsens and in 2008 she received the Lunssens and van Straelen prize for her remarkable results at the Conservatory of Brussels. In 2010 she became a laureate of the Paris’ "Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire".

Anneleen Lenaerts started playing harp with Lieve Robbroeckx. She continued her studies at the Conservatories of Brussels and Paris in 2008 and gained her Harp Master degree with highest distinction. She completed through the “Cours de perfectionnement" at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Isabelle Perrin. Besides harp Anneleen studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Brussels Conservatory.

Anneleen forms a duo with clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos. Her work with oboist Karel Schoofs has resulted in a CD of works by French Impressionist composers. Her first solo CD for Egan records was released in 2008. In April 2011 a new solo album was released on Aliud Records. It comprises twelve transcriptions of some of the most popular piano pieces by Chopin and Liszt. Whilst the Romantic lyricism of these works can be considered as predestined for the harp, it is the virtuoso aspect which gains particular attraction thanks to Anneleen Lenaerts' art of playing and articulation.