Emanuela Degli Esposti
Emanuela Degli Esposti (born in Bologna, Italy) began the study of music at the age of five, becoming an accordion virtuoso.
She studied harp with Professor Alba Novella Schirinzi and graduated from Bologna Conservatory of Music with maximum marks. She completed her studies at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv with Professor Judith Liber and studied at the master classes of Susanna Mildonian in Venice, Frédérique Cambreling in Sion and Mara Galassi in Milan. She attended classes of Alexander Technique helded by Fran Robinson and Daniele Bottaro in Pisa, Venice and Saluzzo (APM School).
She played as first harp in the orchestras of Florence (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Milan (RAI), Naples (RAI A. Scarlatti), Genua (C. Felice), Bari (Petruzzelli) and in the Swiss Radio Orchestra of Lugano, performing with conductors such as Berio, Chailly, Delman, Ficher, Kuhn, Inbal, Mehta, Muti, Oren, Prêtre, Samale and many others. She won the 1st Prize at the international chamber music competitions in Stresa (1982-1985), Palmi (1982-1984) and Milan (1985). As Solo Harp with orchestra she performed Haendel, Mozart, Dittesdorf, Gossec, Reineke, Debussy, Ravel, Berio, Sheriff.
As soloist she performed recitals in various Harp Festivals in Italy and abroad.
Her recordings of particular note include an album of contemporary composers for Fonit Cetra (1988), Mozart’s Concerto K299 for The California Art Foundation (2000), a solo and chamber album with the Nocturne Quartett for Tactus (2008), four albums for La Bottega Discantica — Sonate Concertanti by Louis Spohr (1998), Pedal Harp (solo recital, 2003), Duo d’Harpes au XVIII Siecle (2007) and Valse (solo recital, 2012) — and the solo harp album Le Jardin Féerique with compositions by Daniele Garella for Silentium (2015).
As soloist and chamber music performer she collaborates with various ensembles (Überbrettl Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, I Virtuosi Italiani, Octandre, i Cameristi della A. Scarlatti) and plays in duo with harpist Ieuan Jones, flutists Nicola Guidetti and Dante Milozzi, organist Andrea Macinanti and oboist Marino Bedetti, in trio with violist Olga Arzilli and flutist Mattia Petrilli. She is Director of the Leonardo Primavera Harp Orchestra.
Emanuela Degli Esposti published a book about C. P. E. Bach and edited for UT Orpheus, many urtext editions for harp, which have been included in the programs of international harp competitions such as International Harp Contest in Israel (2003-2009), International American Harp Competition (2012), Franz-Josef-Reinl International Harp Contest in Munich (2013), International Harp Contest Suoni d'Arpa (2012-2016). She also collaborates and publishes harp music for Stella Mattutina editions (Florence) and performed the première of her trascription of “Ciaccona” by J. S. Bach at the “Sala Bossi” of Bologna Conservatory.
Emanuela Degli Esposti performed premières of noted contemporary composers in Italy and abroad: the Octandre's Archives contains many live recordings of pieces with harp, performed over a period of 12 years.
Emanuela Degli Esposti is Professor of Harp at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory of Music in Parma, Italy and was jury member in international harp contests such as Munich (1999), Israel (1998-2003), Marcel Tournier International Harp Contest (2009-2012), Harp Competition, Belgrade (2014).
Emanuela Degli Esposti organized Judith Liber's master classes in Villa Camozzi on the Como Lake from 1998 to 2011. Emanuela Degli Esposti held international master classes in Varallo (1995), Como (European Academy Pomerio, 2000), Udine (Conservatory, 2004), Assisi (Umbria Festival, 2009, 2010, 2011), Salsomaggiore Terme (2009), London (Royal College of Music, 2005, 2010, 2013), Lovere (Tadini Academy, 2012, 2013, 2014), Belgrade (Mokranjac Academy, 2014), Madrid (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música, 2014), Sofia (National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov, 2014), Riga (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, 2015), Milan (Villa Medici-Giulini, 2015). Many of her students won competitions and play in important orchestras. She is Artistic Director of the International Festival and Competition "Suoni d’Arpa" (2009-2016) and President of the Italian Harp Association.