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Eleanor Turner

Photograph of Ruth Faber (standing) with Eleanor Turner (sat at harp)Eleanor Turner was born in 1982 and started learning the harp at the age of five. In 1993 she began her formal musical education at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, studying harp with Daphne Boden and composition with Dr Peter Fribbins. It was there that she was inspired to make her career as a concert harpist and composer. She went on to study harp with Alison Nicholls for seven years and has participated in masterclasses with such eminent musicians as harpists Catherine Michel and Erika Waardenburg, and harpsichordists Douglas Hollick and Trevor Pinnock.

Eleanor has won prizes at many international and national competitions, most recently winning Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award at the Netherlands International Harp Competition 2010. Prior to she won First Prize, a £20,000 concert harp by Salvi Harps, at the European Harp Competition 2007, as well as the William Mathias Prize for her interpretation of that composer’s ‘Santa FÈ Suite’. In 2008 Eleanor received one of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Maisie Lewis Awards which led to her solo Wigmore Hall debut that year. Since then, Eleanor has enjoyed giving recitals and teaching at masterclasses across Europe.

Eleanor plays with Lisa Nelsen in Aquilae, their flute and harp duo. She also forms a duo with cellist Rowena Calvert and performs with three other harpists in 4 Girls 4 Harps. In Italy, Eleanor has performed with Quintettango, and in April this year, Eleanor fulfilled a life-long dream and performed with the legendary American jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, in the Wales International Harp Festival, sponsored by Camac Harps.

Eleanor owes much to the Live Music Now scheme, on which she has performed concerts in care homes, schools and at festivals, for nine years. As well as enjoying performing in care and community settings, Eleanor composes chamber music for concert and ballet and has had commissions from the Park Lane Group and Independent Ballet Wales. She teaches the harp to fifteen students at her home studio and has recently been appointed as Harp Teacher at Oakham School.

Recently Eleanor was given the tremendous honour of a Wingate Scholarship to further her studies of contemporary harp music and to participate in masterclasses in the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver, 2011. She has also benefited from the support of The Tillett Trust and Salvi Harps.

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