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Elizabeth Bass

Photograph of Elizabeth BassElizabeth Bass was born in1994 and began learning the harp aged seven, with her mother, Rowena Bass. In 2007, Elizabeth began her studies with Eleanor Turner and has since studied on many intensive harp courses with renowned teachers such as Erika Waardenburg, Imogen Barford and Charlotte Seale. Elizabeth was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under Professor Skaila Kanga, and is currently studying for her undergraduate degree. Elizabeth has been Principal Harp of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – with whom she has performed several times at the BBC Proms - and also the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra.

Elizabeth has been invited to perform recitals for the Oundle International and Hagley Music Festivals and as part of highly regarded concert series such as the Proms at St. Jude’s series in North London and for the United Kingdom Harp Association. Elizabeth has performed concerti at the Royal Albert Hall (Ravel,Introduction et Allegro, 2012), Birmingham Town Hall (Debussy, Danses Sacrée et Profane, 2013) and, in the summer of 2013, in spectacular cathedrals and churches in Northern Spain (Henson-Conant, Baroque Flamenco). Another highlight of 2013 was the chance to edit a new work for harp by pianist-composer, Christodolous Georgiades, and perform the piece in St. John’s, Smith Square in London.

Elizabeth has already had much success in national and international competitions; in 2012 Elizabeth was a quarter-finalist, and the youngest competitor, in the18th International Harp Contest in Israel. In 2012 she became the youngest winner of the Lyon and Healy Award, a prestigious and highly competitive award held internationally every year, and last year she won joint first prize in the Camac Harp Competition held in North London, adjudicated by Isabelle Moretti and Alison Nicholls.

Elizabeth has recently been chosen for artist management by Noel Music Management as one of only fourteen chosen artists from applicants across the globe.