Meet Coline-Marie Orliac, Harpist for A Feast of Carols
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Coline-Marie Orliac joins Mendelssohn Club as our solo harpist for A Feast of Carols on December 11th in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. She took a moment out from her busy recital and audition schedule to talk about her career as a harpist and her upcoming performance.
Why did you decide to study harp ?
What’s been your favorite performance to date? Have you ever played the Ceremony of Carols before?
I was extremely privileged to play with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the summer of 2009. We were 6 harpists and played the Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. The cast was absolutely unbelievable, not to mention the orchestra and its conductor Simon Rattle. The dream lasted for about 3 weeks…
I have never had the opportunity to perform the Ceremony of Carols until now. The piece, for some reason, never gets to be performed as much as in the United States; it is simply not as popular as it is here. I am very delighted to finally play it and especially with such a gorgeous choir.
This concert features works by our Composer-in-Residence Donald St. Pierre, who has been with us 15 years. How do you go about learning new works that do not have recordings or performance tradition? I have had the pleasure to know Donald St Pierre since my first year at Curtis in 2006. It is an honor and a privilege to be the harpist of his piece! I deeply love learning new works, it requires a complete different approach and it just fascinates to me.
Is there something unique that you would tell audiences to listen for during your upcoming concert with us?
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