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Five Minutes with...Anaïs Gaudemard

Posted on 4 January 2019

We caught up with internationally recognised harp soloist Anaïs Gaudemard ahead of her appearance here at Sage Gateshead during New Year New Artists Festival on 19 January.

What can people expect from your show?
To be pleasantly surprised, I hope. And discover the wealth of sounds and possibilities of the harp.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
I think it’s the great pianists; Ciccolini, Haskil, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Richter, Pollini, Ashkenazy, Arrau etc. At this moment the composers I am most interested in are Mozart and Debussy. But I also have the curse to be passionate about all the repertoire I can hardly play, that is to say the great romantic works of composers who, unfortunately, have not written for harp or very few such as Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Mahler, Brahms, Liszt, Bruckner etc.

Who is your favourite new musician?
There are many who are very inspiring! I am sensitive to performers like Janine Jansen.

What does performing at Sage Gateshead mean to you?
I think it’s a privilege to be invited so I tell myself; do not ruin this chance and give the best of you!

What’s coming up next for you?
A disc released on 22 February under the label Harmonia Mundi (collection Harmonia Nova) and the continuation of the Echo Rising Star tour to make my debut in other prestigious concert halls as Konserthuset Stockholm, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Barbican London, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus Elbphilharmonie Hamburg etc. …and I hope, fish and chips after the concert here ;-)

See the full New Year New Artists line-up