Alice Giles - Especially: 7 Works for Harp

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  • 7 pieces for harp
  • Alice Giles (harp)

Alice Giles is unquestionably Australia’s best harpist. Since winning First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21, Alice has performed as soloist throughout the world and has had many works written for her.

She is in demand as a soloist and spends time every year performing overseas. She is also in demand as a teacher and loves giving masterclasses. She currently teaches harp at the Australian National University and has formed SHE (Seven Harp Ensemble) from amongst her current and former students. SHE’s first CD was released on Tall Poppies (Bolmimerie, TP204).

On this CD Alice plays some of the 20th century masterpieces for harp, such as the Britten Suite and the Hindemith Sonata. The Berio Sequenza II is a special work for Alice, as Berio himself chose her as his favourite performer of this work, and she has played it for him throughout the world.

The Eberhard work was written “especially” for Alice, and the two works by Moshe Lustig were written for her husband Arnan Weisel’s mother, harpist Aviva Weisel who was married to Lustig until his untimely death. Alice has premiered these two gorgeous works.