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22-06-2013, 15:14
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20-06-2013, 15:36
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Alphonse Hasselmans 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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17-06-2013, 23:02
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Hannah Stone (born April 1987) is a Welsh harpist from Swansea, Wales Hannah Stone.

Personal life
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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13-06-2013, 01:48
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Ramin Djawadi (Persian: رامین جوادی‎; born July 19, 1974) Ramin Djawadi is a German-born composer of orchestral music for film and television.
Djawadi may be best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven score for Iron Man and for the TV series Prison Break, Game of Thrones and Person of Interest.

He was born in Duisburg, Germany to an Iranian father and German mother. After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, Djawadi garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote Control Productions. Djawadi moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to Klaus Badelt.
He then went out on his own with Blade: Trinity, collaborating with The RZA for director David Goyer. This was the beginning of his relationship with Goyer for both film and television. Djawadi wrote the score for Goyer's horror thriller The Unborn, which was produced by Michael Bay. Further collaboration with Goyer was the hit television show FlashForward, earning him his second Emmy nomination. Djawadi also composed the Emmy-nominated main title theme music for Prison Break and the title theme for the related show Breakout Kings. Djawadi's ethereal score for the film Mr. Brooks earned him a World Soundtrack Awards “Discovery of the Year” nomination. His other scores include Deception, starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, and Robert Towne's Ask the Dust.
Djawadi scored the first Sony Animation project, Open Season, followed by the sequel Open Season 2. Additional animation scores include The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas. Djawadi's work in these films attracted the filmmakers of the Belgium-based NWave, who created one of the first animated movies in 3D, Fly Me to the Moon. Djawadi completed Warner Brothers' Clash of the Titans in 2010. Djawadi also scored the soundtrack for the 2010 video game Medal of Honor and HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
He is currently composing the music for the TV series Person of Interest.
Djawadi's usual orchestrators are Stephen Coleman and Tony Blondal.

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11-06-2013, 22:26
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Alexandros Kapelis - Pianist Alexandros Kapelis
“A virtuoso of the keyboard without any concession to the public nor to decadent sentimentality” (Diari de Balears, Spain), “an artist of unquestionable artistic maturity” (Estia, Greece), and “possessing an undeniable temperamental vein” (El Porvenir, Mexico), Alexandros Kapelis was born in Lima, Peru, of a Greek father and a Peruvian mother. He spent time in both Peru and Greece during his formative years and grew up with the advantages of a dual heritage. At the age of 20 he moved to New York, where early in his career he was recognized by the International Press Service (IPS) as “one of the most promising young classical musicians of any nationality working in New York today.”
Later on he met Martha Argerich and lived in Brussels for three years next to the great pianist, where they forged a friendship and mentoring relationship. Today, Alexandros Kapelis has performed in venues that include Lincoln Center and the United Nations in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Chicago Cultural Center, Cadogan Hall in London, the Salle Cortot and UNESCO in Paris, the Musei Capitolini in Rome, and the Athens Megaron. He has appeared in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and the Middle East, as well as the United States, Mexico, South America, and a recent debut tour of Japan.

As a soloist, Kapelis’ highlights include appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Italica, as well as the foremost orchestras in his native Greece. In addition, he has performed concertos and chamber music with ensembles of musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic...

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