In August, Rio de Janeiro is the harps capital of the world. This year, exceptionally, with virtual concerts.


Not even the pandemic that hit the world prevented the XV RioHarpFestival from being held in 2020. Postponed from May to August, adapted to circumstances that not only prevented the arrival of previously agreed harpers, but also the cancellation of events in cultural spaces and still without forecast of return, and, thus, realizing its virtual version, in true return to the world to the sound of the harps.

There will be thirty-five musicians from 27 countries, including important Brazilians and social project orchestras, performing in August in 62 virtual concerts in Rio de Janeiro and 10 in São Paulo. The project, supported by the Ministry of Tourism - Special Secretariat of Culture, through the Tax Incentives law, is sponsored by Eletrobras.

Inserted in Music at the Museum, in the 23 years of uninterrupted activities from January to December of each year, it reaches Brazil from north to south in addition to its international dimension and that for 15 years has dedicated a month to the harp.

Among the novelties, the integration between the harp and the bagpipe with the presentation of a community orchestra, a social inclusion project in São Gonçalo with a Brazilian harpist and at the end, on August 31, a South African harpist playing European music. All concerts are virtual and disseminated through social media and also by Rádio Música no Museu ( ).




There are instruments of archaic origins, with delicate sounds, that arrive as a mere curiosity to our ears so used to the noise of modern life. The harp, fortunately, has been going on for millennia without failing to adapt to different cultures and musical styles while maintaining its fans, despite not enjoying so many practitioners or a repertoire as wide as those of other classical instruments, such as the piano or violin . More than an eccentricity of past times, the harp is relevant today, and a proof of that is the arrival of the 15th edition of RioHarpFestival, an annual event that has happened without interruption and always has crowded recitals. Consolidated in the international harp script, the carioca festival brings presentations with musicians, coming from various countries, playing from classic to rock, going through ethnic, jazz and also Brazilian rhythms played by agile fingers when gripping the harp strings only this time virtual .


There are many nationalities 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, as well as indian and iranian, Belgian Jacques Vandelvede double harp, Jonathan Faganello, Burning Symphony and Italian Raoul Moretti electric and another novelty, therumim from the Dutchman Thorwald Jørgensen.


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


An important city in another state like São Paulo, it also entered the festival circuit, already in its fifth version - V SPHarpFestival - and which grows with each edition, confirming the potency of one of the most delicate musical instruments. It may be a matter of time so that, like Music in the Museum, it can reach all of Brazil.

While this 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 even so, it performs in 2020 in Portugal, in addition to Lisbon, participates in the celebrations of the 730 years of the University of Coimbra.


Ecos Latinos, from New Orleans performs with the Violões do Forte Orchestra, a project developed in the Pavão-Pavãozinho Community and on the table, 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, perform with the Seiha de koto group, showing the integration of percussion with the harp and extolling Japanese culture. The Italian Enrico Euron presents himself in a castle in Italy.

Les Alizes, a quintet from France and Martinique, will perform with the beautiful Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. 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 among many others.


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 is the month of harps.

Rio de Janeiro

  XV RioHarpFestival




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

4 - Austria

Edith Gaesteiger - classical harp

5 - Belgium

Gabriela Garcia - classical harp

Jacques Vandelvede - classical harp

Maria Palatine - classical harp

Pia Salvia - classical harp

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

7 - Bulgaria

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

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

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,

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

Raoul Moretti - electric harp

17 - Japan

Seiha Group (kora - African harp) - Drums from Japan.


18 - Lebanon

Al Nur Kibir (Lebanese instruments)

19 - Mexico

Baltazar Juarez - classical harp

20 - Wales

Transatlantic Duo - Ben Creighton - Classical Harp

21 - Paraguay

Alcides Sotelo - guitar and Alcides Sotelo Jr. , Paraguayan harp.

Lucas / Luis Zaracho - Paraguayan harp

22 - Peru

Yens Ever - harp lhanera

23 - Portugal

Beatriz Cortesão - classical harp

24 - Czech Republic

Jana Bouskova - classical harp

25- Russia

Sasha Boldachev - classical harp

26 - Slovenia

Naja Mohoric. - classical harp


Sao Paulo

V SPHarpFestival




1 - Germany

Florence Sitruk - classical harp


2 - South Africa

Kobie du Plessis - classical harp


3 - Argentina

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

4 - Austria

Edith Gaesteiger - classical harp


5 - Belgium

Jacques Vandelvede - classical harp


6 - Brazil

Nando Araujo - Celtic Harp


7 - Spain

Maria Rosa Calvo y Manzano , classical harp


8- Italy

Enrico Euron - Celtic Harp


9 - Japan

Seiha Group (koto, Japanese harp) - Komyo Group - Drums from Japan


10 - Mexico

Baltazar Juarez - classical harp


11 - Slovenia

Naja Mohoric. - classical harp

The complete program is on the websites and



Director Sergio Costa e Silva

(21) 9988-9332

Address. Praça Pio X, 55 sala 202 - Centro –RJ
Tels: (21) 2233-6711 and 2253-8645

XV RioHarpFestival




Agosto/August, 2020