The French harpist Mélanie Laurent is the Gold Medal Winner of the 11th USA International Harp Competition 2019, one of the world’s most prestigious harp contests. She is also the winner of the Bellan International Competition (2017).
Hailed by Harp Column magazine as « inspirational » and with a « golden touch », Mélanie charms her audiences with her rich, sensitive and virtuosic playing.
Mélanie was born into a family of professional musicians. She studied with Isabelle Moretti at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, graduating with honors in 2020. Her playing is now nourished by a thriving multidisciplinary career; she enjoys teaching, performing solo concerts, and working with many orchestras. These include the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, and in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra Bastille, Opéra Garnier, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
As a soloist, Mélanie performs throughout France and all over the world – upcoming recitals are planned in Cardiff, Chicago, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an.
Mélanie Laurent is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation, the Fonds de Tarrazi, the Meyer Foundation, and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
She plays a Style 23 Gold Concert Grand harp by Lyon & Healy, which she won at the USA International Harp Competition, and an Atlantide Prestige by the French harp maker Camac.