We always have a great time at the Zagreb Harp Festival. The programme is intriguing and high-quality, and we are so warmly welcomed by Tajana Vukelić Peić and her colleagues. On the classical side, 2015's festival offered concertos with Isabelle Moretti and the Zagreb Soloists; harp and viola chamber repertoire performed by Florence Sitruk and Guy Ben Ziony; and a solo recital shared by Croatian artists Ana Brateljivić and Diana Grubišić Ćiković. More unusually, Claire Le Fur played traditional music from the West Indies and Venezuela with Guy Louiset on steel pan, and Raoul Moretti presented his fascinating multimedia / ElectroHarp show, Harpscapes. There was a busy schedule of masterclasses and lectures - for example, on the Russian Harp School, with Irina Pashinskaya - and lovely provision for children. Vlasta Hribar and Leonora Surian launched "Nanita", their CD of Croatian lullabies and other children's songs, and there was a youth harp competition.
The results of the youth competition, judged by Isabelle Moretti (president), Florence Sitruk and Irina Pashinskaya, are as follows:
First prize: Josipa Krajina (Croatia)
Second prize: Gabriela Hodžić (Croatia)
Third prize: Mo Rain (Croatia)
First prize: Anna Makarova (Russia)