09.08.2013

New at the Summer Course: Harp workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

For the first time since the 1960s the harp will play an important role at the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2014. Back then, Francis Pierre and Pierre Boulez had integrated the instrument in the Summer Course work, now Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir takes over the harp lectureship in 2014. The Icelandic harpist who was trained in her homeland as well as in London and Amsterdam is regarded as one of the most important younger representatives of her instrument worldwide. She is a co-founder of the Ensemble Adapter as well as member of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. Besides this, she works on the completion of her thesis which examines the role of the harp in new music. Gunnhildur Einersdóttir will present the results of her extensive research and experience within the Summer Course. Also her website encyclopaedia dealing with harp playing techniques and notation will be available next summer.


On her Darmstadt workshop Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir notes: „For a long time composers had lots of (sometimes too much) respect for the harp – above all on account of her apparently complicated pedal system. Today, however, it is often quite different subjects that cause most problems in practice: Notation, microtonality, flageolet, or the resonance of the harp. The understanding of the principles should contribute to an exploration of the existing possibilities and those newly to be discovered for the instrument." Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir will be – besides her workshop on the development of standard repertoire (since Luciano Berio's „Sequenza") – present in different formats and presentations as a dialogue partner for the Summer Course composers.

Photo: Rut Sigurdardottir
09.08.2013

New at the Summer Course: Harp workshop with Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

For the first time since the 1960s the harp will play an important role at the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2014. Back then, Francis Pierre and Pierre Boulez had integrated the instrument in the Summer Course work, now Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir takes over the harp lectureship in 2014. The Icelandic harpist who was trained in her homeland as well as in London and Amsterdam is regarded as one of the most important younger representatives of her instrument worldwide. She is a co-founder of the Ensemble Adapter as well as member of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. Besides this, she works on the completion of her thesis which examines the role of the harp in new music. Gunnhildur Einersdóttir will present the results of her extensive research and experience within the Summer Course. Also her website encyclopaedia dealing with harp playing techniques and notation will be available next summer.

Photo: Rut Sigurdardottir