Alexandra Mullins and Natalie Salzman win Jacobs School harp concerto competition

Congratulations to Alexandra Mullins and Natalie Salzman, who are co-winners of the Jacobs School of Music’s recent harp concerto competition and will perform Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez for Harp and Orchestra” with the Concert Orchestra this Saturday, Jan. 19, with Arthur Fagen conducting.

Salzman will play the concerto before the intermission, and Mullins will play it afterward.

From Matthews, N.C., freshman Alexandra Mullins is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in harp as a student of Distinguished Professor of Harp Susann McDonald. A graduate of Covenant Day School, she played the third movement of the Ginastera Harp Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in March as grand prize winner of its Young Artist Competition. In February 2012, she performed at Lyon and Healy Hall in Chicago, Ill., as one of the winners of the 2011 Lyon and Healy Awards. Mullins was featured in an article in Harp Column Magazine after winning the 2011 American Harp Society Advanced Division Competition, in addition to being awarded the prize for best performance of Grandjany’s “Rhapsodie.”

Natalie Salzman is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Harp at Indiana University under the guidance of Distinguished Professor of Harp Susann McDonald. Originally from Boston, Mass. Salzman began her studies in harp at age seven with Juli Miller and later, Ann-Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At age 16, she moved with her family to Israel, where she attended the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in lieu of her senior year of high school and studied with Irena Kaganofsky, former principal harpist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Salzman was a finalist at the 2010 American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards. For the past three summers, she has studied at music festivals in France with Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic; Germaine Lorenzini, former principal harpist of the Orchestre National of Lyon; and Isabelle Moretti, professor of harp at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Also interested in non-classical harp, Salzman spent three weeks in Switzerland studying one-on-one with renowned jazz harpist Park Stickney. She is part of the Huttons Honor College and is a Founder’s Scholar, receiving a minor in French.

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