Harp player of­fers rare op­por­tu­nity

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Kiwi harpist In­grid Bauer will per­form in Pu­taruru next Wed­nes­day.

The 26-year-old will play at the Gospel Chapel on Kens­ing­ton St at 7.30pm on Jan­uary 26 as part of a na­tional tour.

Bauer is look­ing for­ward to shar­ing her love of the in­stru­ment.

‘‘New Zealand’s a small place and there aren’t many con­cert harps in the coun­try so peo­ple don’t of­ten get an op­por­tu­nity to hear a harp played solo,’’ she said.

Her pro­gramme, Flights of Fancy, presents some of the more imag­i­na­tive orig­i­nal works for harp, as well as an ar­range­ment of De­bussy’s Clair de lune.

‘‘My pro­gramme for the tour in­cludes some of my favourite pieces, like Faure’s Im­promptu and a va­ri­ety of works that show the harp’s ver­sa­til­ity. It should be a show­case for my in­stru­ment. I am try­ing to put in a few things that are a bit dif­fer­ent which peo­ple might not have re­alised the harp could do,’’ she said.

Bauer said as a young­ster she saw a harp and said, ‘‘Mummy I want to play that’’.

‘‘I don’t know what it was about it; I guess a kind of glam­our which, when you are five and im­pres­sion­able, is at­trac­tive.’’

She started learn­ing the harp at the age of 11, even­tu­ally com­plet­ing a bach­e­lor of mu­sic in per­for­mance harp at Welling­ton’s Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity.

Bauer also holds first class hon­ours from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity where she stud­ied with Alice Giles.

Now based in Bris­bane Miss Bauer has twice been a semi-fi­nal­ist in the Gis­borne In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion and in 2009 she was an in­vited par­tic­i­pant in the ARD In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion in Mu­nich.

In 2005 she won the Welling­ton Youth Or­ches­tra Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion.

Bauer has a long­stand­ing love of cham­ber mu­sic. In 2002 her flute, vi­ola and harp trio won the Welling­ton sec­tion of the Na­tional Sec­ondary Schools Cham­ber Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion and in 2005 her clar­inet and harp duo was one of the win­ners of the Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity of Welling­ton Duo Com­pe­ti­tion.

LIFE­LONG PAS­SION: Ever since she was four years old In­grid Bauer has wanted to play the harp.

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