Having defeated the monsterous Morholt (the warrior who has lade waste the land of Cornwall), the young Amorican, Tristan, is crowned defender of the realm by the king, Marc'h. Marc'h quickly comes to see Tristan as the son he never had. However, mortally wounded in the battle, Tristan secretely leaves Cornwall, in order to die far away from King Marc'h, whom he loves so much.
Tristan is found, half-dead, on the banks of the green isle, by the beautiful Yseult. She is the daughter of Donnegahn, who is the king of Ireland - and the sworn enemy of King Marc'h.
Beautiful Yseult's incantations, magic and charms bring the defender of Cornwall back to life. Tristan and Yseult are inseparable and, far away from everything and everyone, savour their perfect love. The idyll, alas, does not last. Donnegahn's soldiers are patrolling the Irish coast. Feeling as if her soul is dying, Yseult sends Tristan back to his own people.
On return to the court of King Marc'h, Tristan is feted as a hero who has cheated death. During the celebrations, the king, who has been widowed for years, announces the end of the fratricidal wars between Cornwall and Ireland. And - to seal the reconciliation between the two countries - he will marry the daughter of King Donneghan. Yseult.
To fetch his future wife from Ireland, King Marc'h charges he in whom he has most faith: Tristan, his adoptive son, his champion and his friend. This son, loved more than ever, does not dare to reveal his love for Yseult.
And so, a legendary triangle begins at Tintagel Castle, of love and lies by turns...
Beautiful glass harp statuettes from the House of glass in Odessa
The winners of the intermediate category in Szeged are:
First Prize: Woojin Lee (Korea)
Second Prize: Nadja Dornik (Serbia), Flora Olasz (Hungary), Bettin Toth (Hungary) ex-aequo
Third Prize: Alina Alekseeva (Russia), Orsolya Nagy (Romania) ex-aequo
Special prize for the best performance of Bartok's Evening in the Village: Woojin Lee (Korea)
Special prize offered by Klara Weniger: Bettin Toth (Hungary)
Special prize offered by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Tjasha Gafner (Switzerland)
Special prize offered by the Peter Király-König Music School: Vanda Halaj (Hungary)
Audience prize: Ziva Krajnc (Slovenia)
Our congratulations to them all!
Gregor Gáll, creator of the silver harp pendants for the 3rd international competition in Szeged
BRAVO to the winners of the senior division of the Third International Competition in Szeged, who are:
First Prize: Katrina Szederkényi (Canada/Hungary)
Second Prize: Arianna Rossi (Italy)
Third Prize: Aiste Baliunyte (Lithuania)
Special Prize offered by the City of Szeged: SeHee Hwang (Korea)
The results of the U12 competition at the 3rd International Competition in Szeged are as follows:
First Prize: Isabelle Cambini (Italy) unanimous
Second Prize: Marcelina Dabek (Poland) and SuBeen Lee (Korea) ex-aequo
Third Prize: Daria Rumyantseva (Russia) and Kahori Yamauchi (Japan) ex-aequo
Special Prize offered by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Bianka Szauer (Hungary)
Special Prize offered by Madame Klara Weniger: Marco Brkic (Serbia)
Special Prizes offered by the Peter Király-König Music School: Jakob Adamic (Serbia), Aleksandra Akhrimenko (Ukraine), Laura Colombo (Italy), Jernej Misic (Slovenia)
Special Prizes for Promise: Irena Banaszczyk (Poland), Lubov Silantyeva (Russia)
Congratulations to them all!
The jury congratulate the U12 division. Left to right: Andrea Vigh (Hungary), Melinder Felletár (Hungary), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Italy/UK), András Farkas (Switzerland), Willy Postma (Denmark/Norway)
The following candidates will pass to the second round of the Third International Competition in Szeged:
Katrina Szederkényi (Canada/Hungary)
SeHee Hwang (Korea)
Aiste Baliunyte (Lithuania)
Arianna Rossi (Italy)
Lenka Petrovic (Serbia)
Marcel Cara (France)
Vitoria Music Prize, sponsored by Victoria-Gasteiz International Music Festival, awarded by Gabriella Dall'Olio: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
Special Prize awarded by Willy Postmas: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
Special Prize awarded by Andrea Vigh: Mira Farkas (Hungary)
Special Prize awarded by the Hungarian Harp Duo: Yun Huan Chen (China)
Special Prize awarded by Madame Klara Weniger: Marcel Cara (France)
Special Prize for the best performance of Reményi's Miniatures for Harp: Elisa Netzer (Switzerland)
Bravo to them all, and toi toi toi for Sunday!
We're happy to be back amidst dear friends in Szeged, Hungary, for the Third International Harp Competition. The senior category first round is currently in full swing, with U17 and U12 to start on Saturday.
Competitions are never easy, but there is no more effective way to push yourself to play better than you ever have before. Competitions are also wonderful ways to meet new colleagues who will become your lifelong friends, to experience different styles of playing, and to show you new musical worlds. These are the real prizes of a competition, and they are open to you regardless of whether you win or lose. Good luck to everyone taking part!
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new sponsorship project: L’Académie Camac.
The pursuit of a life in music is profound and noble, but it is also often gruelling. For some years now, I have dreamed of a Camac Académie, to provide our young clients with an exceptional chance to work under ideal and highly individual conditions, where they may relax and flourish.
In 2014, this dream is becoming a reality! Our Académie consists of a week’s residential course, in Provence in the South of France. There will be five places, in order that each participant may enjoy a daily private lesson with the teacher, this year Germaine Lorenzini. Each student will have their own practice room and harp, so that they do not have to share and juggle practice time. We have also designed the course to give every young artist maximum freedom. Informal performance opportunities will be available daily, but they are not compulsory, and we also hope that the course venue’s convivial setting will be a new source of energy and a chance to exchange experiences and ideas.
Apart from travel costs to the course venue, we are sponsoring the project in full: full board and harp lessons are free for the students. All course details and application information are available on the project website, www.academie-camac.com.
With my very best wishes,