Harp player offers rare opportunity
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.