Lise Vandersmissen

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Lise Vandersmissen, born in 1996 in Belgium, graduated with Distinction from her Master’s Degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Imogen Barford, London. She is currently a Fellow at the Guildhall.

Lise participated successfully in national and international competitions. Last year, she won the First Prize at The 5th International Harp Competition in Slovenia, the Second Prize at the Fifth International Harp Competition in Hungary and the Third Prize at the North London Harp Competition 2019. She was awarded the Guildhall Harp Prize and was selected to be a Live Music Now musician. She was awarded a place as a UKHA Emerging Artist.

In the past, she won First Prizes in The Vlamo Concours, The Belfius Competition in Belgium and The North International Music Competition 2018. She was a Prizewinner at The 9th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Poland, and was selected to perform at the Focus On Youth Platform on the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017. She won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Harp Duo at the 4th International Harp Competition in Hungary and the Second Prize at the Prinses Christina Concours in the Netherlands.

She won a place at the London Sinfonietta Academy and the Académie Camac in France. She was selected to be a Concordia Foundation Artist.

In June 2019, Lise gave the World Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new piece for solo harp: Four Meditations. Lise will be performing her transcription for solo harp of Ravel’s "Le Tombeau de Couperin" at the World Harp Congress in Wales next summer.

Lise has performed as a soloist with The Symphony of Zabrze Philharmonic directed by Sławomir Chrzanowski in Poland, Youth Orchestra Amikejo under Mark Prils in The Netherlands and the Symphony Orchestra of Luca School of Arts directed by Ivan Meylemans in Belgium. She performed as a soloist with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra directed by Darrell Davison in the UK.

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