Alphonse Hasselmans (5 March 1845 – 19 May 1912) was a Belgian-born French harpist, composer, and pedagogue.
Hasselmans was born in Liège, Belgium. He composed several dozen original solos for harp, of which his most famous is a concert étude entitled La Source (The Wellspring), op. 44. He transcribed numerous works for harp originally written for other instruments by other composers, and edited important collections of études by the earlier 19th-century harpist Robert N. C. Bochsa.
As professor of harp at the music conservatories in Strasbourg and Paris until his sudden death in Paris at age 67, Hasselmans trained a generation of the most important French harpists of the 20th century, including Henriette Renie, Marcel Tournier, Carlos Salzedo, Marcel Grandjany, Lily Laskine, and Pierre Jamet.
His father, Joseph Hasselmans (1814–1902), was a composer, conductor, violinist, and harpist.
His daughter, Marguerite Hasselmans (1876–1947), was a concert pianist; she was also the mistress of Gabriel Fauré for many years.
His son, Louis Hasselmans (1878–1957), was a conductor, especially of opera, whose career took him to the United States, working at the Chicago Civic Opera and the Metropolitan Opera before becoming Professor of Music at Louisiana State University.
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Hannah Stone (born April 1987) is a Welsh harpist from Swansea, Wales .
Stone was born in Swansea and grew up in Treboeth and Mumbles. She is married to Welsh Baritone Gary Griffiths.
Stone attended Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryn-y-Môr (primary school, ages 4–11) and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Gowerton (Secondary ages 11–18).
She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, gaining a Bachelor and Master of Music.
In June 2011 Hannah was appointed the Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales . A keen performer from a young age Hannah studied under the guidance of Meinir Heulyn, Head of Harp at the RWCMD before moving to London. During this time she was a prize-winner at National Competitions including the Urdd Eisteddfod and the International Eisteddfod. Her many performance venues in Wales have included the Wales Millennium Centre and St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
During 2010 Hannah was awarded the 3rd prize at the International Harp Competition in Caernarfon and 2nd prize at the Franz Joseph Reinl Competition in Vienna. She was also appointed principal harpist with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra for 2010, touring Europe throughout the summer, working with many distinguished artists including Baritone Thomas Hampson.
In October 2008, Hannah was selected to represent the Guildhall School in collaboration with the Academies Festival Orchestra, Singapore. This project culminated in an opening gala performance for the Singapore Sun Festival at the Esplanade Theatre with Dame Kiri te Kanawa. In 2008 Hannah was awarded the third prize at the Camac Harp Competition, London, and won the first prize at the National Eisteddfod, Cardiff. In 2007 she performed in the European Harp Symposium and reached the semi-finals of the European Harp Competition.
Hannah has appeared on Wedi 7 and the National Eisteddfod (S4C)
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