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Published on Sep 8, 2016
Born in Canada, Katrina Szederkényi is an internationally acclaimed harpist, having won numerous prizes at international competitions. Szederkényi started playing the harp at the age of 12, and was accepted for full-time solo instrumental studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria after only four years. In 2013, she graduated with a soloist's diploma with distinction from the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, under the tutelage of Prof. Françoise Friedrich. Katrina Szederkenyi is recipient of numerous prizes and awards, among others from the ‘Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung’, International Competition ‘Felix Godefroid’, ‘Golden Harp’ Competition St. Petersburg, where she was also awarded a special award for her interpretation of a piece by J.S.Bach. In 2013 she was awarded the 1. Prize at the International Harp Competition in Szeged, Hungary. An active orchestral musician, Szederkényi has performed in numerous notable orchestras, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. She has worked with prominent conductors including Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Herbert Blomstedt and Riccardo Chailly. As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Duisburg Philharmoinc and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. She is currently co-Principal of the Duisburg Philharmonic. Szederkényi is also highly active in broadening the harpist's repertoire, for both soloists and chamber musicians. In 2009, she premiered Poème by Michael Kimbell, a work for violin and harp written for her and Nandor Szederkényi, her father and chamber music partner. Kimbell’s ‘Arctic Ballade for solo harp’ also written for Katrina was premiered in 2013. ‘Into the stars’ is Kimbell’s most recent piece for harp and was composed in 2016.