So far, I have been able to use my Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship to accomplish very practical things, such as a professional photo session, promotional concerts, useful performing equipment, and subsidizing experimental ensembles with a modern dance troupe. Aside from this, the BBT has used their prestige to promote me to important people in the music world. Also, their advice and encouragement has helped me to take steps in the right direction.Lavinia Meijer"
Lavinia Meijer was supported by BBT between 2007 and 2009, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography visit www.laviniameijer.com.
In 2008 Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer released her first solo CD with Channel Classics called "Divertissements", to critical acclaim around the world. On this CD she recorded French harp music by Jacques Ibert, André Caplet and Carlos Salzedo. Classics Today wrote: "If you have room in your collection for only a single solo harp recital, then let it be this disc", giving two tens for both artistic and sound quality. One of her most recent projects was to make a documentary of the "making of a harp". In this film you can get to know the harp better, to see how it’s built and shaped. She went to Chicago to film at the Lyon & Healy harp factory, where her own harp also comes from. Lavinia Meijer also made a special trip to her birth country South-Korea, this was her first time back since her adoption. She was invited to perform the Handel Harp Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra during the New Years Concert at the Seoul Arts Center. "It was a very special feeling to perform in my birth country, I was proud to show them what had become of my life" - Lavinia Meijer. In 2009, Lavinia Meijer gives her debut as a soloist with the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, performing Debussy’s Danses and Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro. Lavinia Meijer received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2007.
Last updated: February 2009
Photographs by Marco Borggreve
BBT Project: Divertissements, Channel Classics CD
"An enchanting and diverting harp recital that can leave you breathless....A bewitching recital from first note to last."
Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone, May 2009
"If you have room in your collection for only a single solo harp recital, then let it be this disc. It features magnificent performance of real harp music...She (Meijer) plays with consummate virtuosity...and with a positively luscious tone"
David Hurwitz, Classics Today, 10 November 2008
- New photos
- Travel costs
- Help with expenses for ballet project
- Covered costs for UK showcase concert
- Filming of video/DVD
Divertissements - Ibert, Caplet, Salzedo
Salzedo: Variations sur un thème dans le style ancien
Caplet: Divertissement à la française
Lavinia Meijer’s debut solo CD on Channel Classics. An accompanying film, "Harpist on a mission", also on this website, illustrates her passion for the harp and her mission to share its music with a growing audience.
Lavinia Meijer harp
from the CD "Divertissements"
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Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
HARPIST ON A MISSIONIntroducing Lavinia Meijer and her debut recital CD on Channel Classics
"I believe I have this enthusiasm inside of me to work with the harp in a solistic approach. I want to entertain the audience and make them feel at the end of the evening they have experienced something amazing – something new." Filmed in London in 2008 and produced to coincide with the release of her debut solo CD "Divertissements" (audio excerpts on this website), BBT’s film illustrates Lavinia Meijer’s mission to share the diversity of the harp with a growing audience.
Lavinia Meijer and BBT acknowledge the support of Professor Skaila Kanga and Amy Gardner at Royal Academy of Music in making this film. The harpist featured in masterclass is Nanako Murakami.