Elisabeth Plank

Elisabeth Plank is an internationally renowned solo harpist with a special focus on the presentation of works that lie beyond the Romantic repertoire for which the harp is most commonly known.

Plank was born in Vienna in 1991 and received her first music lessons at the age of seven. Two years later she entered Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts as a preparatory student. Upon completion of her studies in the class of Adelheid Blovsky-Miller, Elisabeth graduated with a degree in concert performance in 2015. She currently continues her studies in Vienna and Brescia with Mirjam Schröder and Fabrice Pierre.

She made her orchestral debut in 2006, playing Handel’s Harp Concerto at the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna, followed by appearances with Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Debussy’s Danses and André Caplet’s Conte Fantastique.

Elisabeth Plank has won prizes at numerous national and international music competitions in Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan. In 2014 she was presented with the Young Celebrity Master Award at the HarpMasters festival in Switzerland.

Following her solo debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus at the age of seventeen, Elisabeth has numerous appearances as a soloist and chamber musician in Austria and abroad, including at Musica Juventutis, Young Classic Europe, Rio Harp Festival, World Harp Congress, at the Schönberg Center and at Festival Next Generation. Her performances have been broadcast by radio and television.

The contemporary repertoire is an area of particular interest to her, and she collaborates regularly with young composers. She is the dedicatee of Andreas Wykydal’s Sonatine for Harp (premiered in London, 2014) and of Onur Dülger’s Concerto ›Bai-Ulgan‹ for solo harp, ensemble and live electronics, premiered at the Radiokulturhaus Vienna in 2015 together with the Webern Ensemble and Jean-Bernard Matter. Since 2017 Elisabeth Plank is the harpist of the ensemble ›airborne extended‹.

Her debut recording, sponsored by the Bank Austria Art Award, is being released on the ARS Produktion label in early 2017. During the 2016-2017 season, Plank is set to make her debut at the Kharkiv Philharmonia; she will also present her performance concept at music aktuell (selected by Roland Batik) and embark on a solo tour through Japan.

Elisabeth Plank plays an instrument by harp makers Lyon & Healy.