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Oliver Wass (harp) - Hattori Foundation Rush Hour Recital

Thursday October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
1901 Arts Club, London
£15 (includes a pre-concert drink)
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  1. Prelude in C, 'Harp' Op 12 No 7 - Sergey Prokofiev
  2. Suite in E minor, for lute BWV 996 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Danse espagnole No 1, from La vida breve - Manuel de Falla
  4. Suite for harp Op 83 - Benjamin Britten
  5. Prelude - Maurice Ravel
  6. Jeux d’eau - Maurice Ravel
  7. Variations on 'Carnival of Venice' - Wilhelm Posse

Part of the Hattori Foundation Rush Hour Recital Series.

Oliver Wass is in his second year of a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for which he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Imogen Barford.

In May 2016, he became the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. Previous winners of the competition include Jacqueline du Pré, Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little. He has performed all the major harp concertos, including directing the Handel Harp Concerto in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed concertos at the London Handel Festival, the City of London Festival, with the Oxford Sinfonia, and with the World Chamber Orchestra. He recently won the Andrea Vigh Jury Prize at the 4th International Harp Competition in Szeged, and will return to give a recital at the Gödöllo International Harp Festival in the autumn. He is a Musicians’ Company Yeoman, and will give his Purcell Room debut in 2017.

He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016, where he was praised for his “tremendous dynamism” and "remarkable range of timbres and warmth of the tone” (Seen and Heard International).

His flute-viola-harp trio, The Pelléas Ensemble, are winners of the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition, and 2017 YCAT finalists. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Park Lane Group Young Artists. They have a busy recital schedule performing around the country, and are active in commissioning new works for the combination which have been performed at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, the Two Moors Festival, and the United Kingdom Harp Association. They have appeared live on Radio 3.

An experienced soloist, Oliver competed in and won music festivals throughout his childhood. He studied with Charlotte Seale at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he became the only harpist to have been a prizewinner in the prestigious Lutine Competition, and he was Principal Harp in the National Youth Orchestra.

Oliver is very grateful for support from the Norman Gee Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and Help Musicians UK, where he holds a Fleming Award.

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