Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts has established herself as one of the leading soloists of her instrument. In 2010 and aged just 23, she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position she holds until today. Moreover, she has won an astonishing 23 prizes, including Munich’s ARD International Music Competition and the Grand Prix International Lily Laskine – one of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world.
Anneleen has appeared at top concert halls around the world, such as the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus and Bozar. She enjoys regular chamber music collaborations with distinguished artists and ensembles including Vadim Repin, Jan Vogler, Dionysis Grammenos, Avi Avital, Severin von Eckardstein, Marina Piccinini, Kim Kashkashian, Adam Walker, the Quator Ebène, the Quator Modigliani and the Berlin Philharmonic Quintett among others.
As a soloist, she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, among others.
An exclusive Warner Classics artist, Anneleen has already made two recordings for Warner with three of the most important harp concertos from the 20th century by Joaquín Rodrigo, Reinhold Glière and Joseph Jongen. Last season, she released a CD with Transcriptions for Clarinet & Harp by Schumann & Schubert with the clarinettist Dionysis Grammenos. Her upcoming CD, an homage to Nino Rota, will be released in 2019 to coincide with the composer’s anniversary and will be featuring the harp concerto in G major, the Sonata for Flute and Harp and a Selection of film music arranged for solo harp and strings.
Anneleen enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho and she started this season with the World Premiere of his Concerto for Harp ‘Mearra’ which she performed with the Ensemble Resonanz at the opening evening of the Flanders Festivals. Subsequently, she appeared at Vienna’s Musikverein and at the Klagenfurt Konzerthaus with the Croatia Radio Symphony Orchestra. The current season will see Anneleen making her debut with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and returning to the Wiener Akademische Philharmonie and the Bruckner Orchestra. She will also appear in concerts with the Zaide Quartet in Belgium, as well as in Berlin’s Konzerthaus with Severin von Eckardstein and at the Moritzburg and Aspen Music Festivals.
Anneleen Lenaerts started playing harp with Lieve Robbroeckx and she then continued her studies at the Conservatories of Brussels and Paris where she gained her Harp Master degree with highest distinction. She completed the ‘Cours de perfectionnement’ at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Isabelle Perrin. In 2004, she received the Flemish Government scholarship (Young Talented Musicians) and in 2010 she became a laureate of the Paris’ ‘Fondation Groupe Banque Populaire’.