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In August 2020, Rio de Janeiro became the harps capital of the world, registering an audience of over 150,000 spectators.

And then, São Paulo, Lisbon and Coimbra in Portugal.

The XV RioHarpFestival not only maintained the tradition of the previous 14 years, but also faced the pandemic that hit the world, and that did not even prevent its realization in 2020. Postponed from May to August, adapted to the circumstances that not only prevented the coming of previously agreed harpists as well as the cancellation of events in cultural spaces and still without a return forecast, its virtual version, in true round the world to the sound of harps, held, in Rio, 63 concerts with harpers and musicians from 31 countries including important Brazilians and orchestras of social projects and, to the surprise of its organizers, reached an audience of over 150,000 spectators and which expanded to São Paulo (V SPHarpFestival) and Lisbon and Coimbra, in Portugal.The RioHarpFestival put Brazil on the world circuit of the harp.



Among the novelties, harpist Claire Le Fur who filmed harp performances at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, Jacques Vandelvede, from Belgium, playing on a double harp and, at the end, on August 31, Kobie du Plessis, harpist from South Africa South playing European music. All concerts were virtual and disseminated through social media and also by Rádio Música no Museu ( ).

And many nationalities were present in the list of attractions: Italian, Portuguese, Belgian, Croatian, South African, Japanese, Colombian, Argentine, Paraguayan, North American, Peruvian and Brazilian are some of them and the types of harp are equally varied, from classical and celtic to regional llanera, paraguayan, koto-japanese, kora-african, in addition to the indian and iranian ones of the double harp of the Belgian Jacques Vandelvede, the electric ones of Jonathan Faganello, the Burning Symphony and the italian Raoul Moretti and another novelty, the therumim from Dutchman Thorwald Jørgensen.

Also noteworthy is the inclusion of orchestras from various communities in works of social insertion through music intertwined with foreign harpists with evident mutual gains.


Ecos Latinos, from New Orleans performed with the Violões do Forte Orchestra, a project developed in the Pavão-Pavãozinho Community, the Camerata do Uerê, from the Maré Community and the Music for All Orchestra, from Piaui. Japan's drums, some up to 2 meters high, performed with the Seiha de koto group, showing the integration of percussion with the harp and extolling Japanese culture. The Italian Enrico Euron performed at a castle in Italy.

Les Alizes, a quintet from France and Martinique, gave presentations against the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Highlight also for Lebanese music with Al-Nur Kibir and in the list of classical harpists, Sasha Boldachev, from Russia, Kobie di Plessis, from South Africa, Elizabeth Jaxon, from the United States, Edith Gaeger, from Austria, Florence Sitruk from Germany, Maria Palatine, from Belgium and Jana Bouskova, main harpist of the Czech Philharmonic, in the photo, among many others.

V SPHarpFestival:

São Paulo also entered the festival circuit, already in its fifth version - V SPHarpFestival - which grows with each edition, confirming the potency of one of the most delicate musical instruments. Starting at 1st. September and maybe it's a matter of time so that, like Music at the Museum , it can reach all of Brazil.


While it has already expanded in 2019 to Europe with concerts in Lisbon and Coimbra (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Bruges (Belgium), Porquerolles, Grasse (France), Milan (Italy), Guyana and the Caribbean, all with local harpers, thus showing its international repercussion that is not only repeated in 2020 due to the Coronavirus but nonetheless, it performs in 2020 in Portugal, in addition to Lisbon at the National Music Museum, and participated in the celebrations of the 730 years of the University of Coimbra.



RioHarpFestival is part of Music at the Museum , considered the largest series of classical music in Brazil, which in its 23 years of activity has registered an audience of over 1 million spectators in Brazil from North to South, and which has expanded to cities from countries on all continents taking Brazilian music and musicians abroad. Holder of 30 national and international awards, he was the subject of a Master 's degree at the University of Berlin.

In its annual program, divided into concerts referring to the seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring and Christmas Concerts), each month favors a theme or a suit. May would be the month of harps but in 2020 postponed to August. And November is the wind month, the XI RioWindsFestival .



1 - Germany

Florence Sitruk - classical harp


2 - South Africa

Kobie du Plessis - classical harp


3 - Argentina

Duo Portinari - Soledad Ya Ya (classical harp) and Peter Pas (Canada), viola

Lucas Petroni - Paraguayan harp

Walter D´Harpa - Paraguayan harp

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4 - Austria

Edith Gaesteiger - classical harp

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5 - Belgium

Gabriela Garcia - classical harp

Jacques Vandelvede - classical harp

Maria Palatine - classical harp

Pia Salvia - classical harp

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6 - Brazil

Burning Symphony - Jonathas Faganello - electric harp

Jonca Harp - Celtic Harp

Nando Araujo - 60 minutes - lecture and music - celtic harp

Newton Nazareth - lecture and music

Music for All Orchestra (Piaui) - Maestro Sergei Eliasar de Carvalho

Tatiana Henna - classical harp

Trio D`Ambrosio - Maria Celia Machado , classical harp, Maria Helena Andrade , piano and Orchestra Violões do Forte

Vanja Ferreira - classical harp

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7 - Bulgaria

Angela Madjarova - in Duo Greece - Katerina Kitov - classical harp

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8 - Chile

Christian Rodrigues - Celtic Harp


9 - Ecuador

Ernesto Guerra - Paraguayan harp / classical harp

10 - Spain

Maria Rosa Calvo y Manzano - classical harp

Yerko Lorca - kora, African harp

Yerko Lorca and Kuan Kin (Taiwan) - kora, african harp

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11 - United States

Cheyenne Brown - Celtic Harp

LATIN ECOS - Patrice Fisher - Celtic harp

Elizabeth Jaxon - classical harp

12 - France

Claire Le Fur Minutes (Deep Sea) - Classical Harp / Celtic Harp

Clemence Boinot - classical harp

Les Alizes - Claire Le Fur , classical harp

Artemisia Trio - France / Italy - Alessandra Magrini , classical harp,

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13 - Netherlands

Thoward Jorgensen , theremin,


14 - India

Pre Raman - Indian harp

15 - Iran

Navayemher Band - Iranian harp

Nobang Band

16 - Italy

Enrico Euron - Celtic Harp

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August / August- September / September, 2020