Eleanor Turner is a musician of exceptional skill,
recognised internationally for the warmth and passion she gives to her
performances. In the 2007 Cardiff European Harp Competition she won First Prize
– a magnificent Salvi concert harp – an achievement that led to numerous
recitals in concert halls and festivals across Europe. Eleanor also won Third
Prize and the Peutz Audience Award at the Netherlands International Harp
Competition 2010 and Second Prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for
contemporary music, held in Amsterdam in 2011.
started playing the harp aged five and made her London concerto debut at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall when she was fifteen, with the Academy of St. Martin in
the Fields, conducted by Daniel Harding. This inspired her to pursue a career
as a concert harpist; commissioning, performing and composing new music to
showcase her instrument. Eleanor has been awarded funds by The Tillett Trust
and the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund for a ground-breaking
project with hip hop dancer Lizzie Gough and a Wingate Scholarship to study
contemporary harp repertoire, which led to this recording.
Teaching is an
important part of Eleanor’s life and she enjoys passing on the wealth of
knowledge that she gained from her excellent tutors, principally Daphne Boden
at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Alison Nicholls. Eleanor has
also studied with eminent harpists Catherine Michel, Erika Waardenburg,
Ernestine Stoop, Helen Sharp and Hugh Webb.