Elisabeth Plank

"A command of the instrument and its many moods is what sets Elisabeth Plank apart from the very first note" (Harp Column) The young, internationally renowned harpist Elisabeth Plank is dedicated to also presenting her instrument outside the romantic repertoire it is most commonly associated with.

Elisabeth Plank had her solo debut at age 17, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and has gone on to make a name for herself with performances around the world as a soloist and chamber musician ("Musica Juventutis", "Young Classic Europe", "Rio Harp Festival", "World Harp Congress", "Schönberg Center", among others). 
Her first CD "L'arpa notturna" was supported by the Bank Austria Art Award and has been released by prestigious German label ARS Produktion in spring 2017. 
"a thoughtful and beautifully played disc [...] Plank has a real command of light and shade. She's adept at creating musical perspective" (Gramophone Magazine)

Elisabeth Plank debuted as a soloist with orchestra in 2006 with the concerto for harp by Georg F. Händel at the Hofburgkapelle Vienna. Performances with the concerto for flute and harp by Wolfgang A. Mozart and the "Danses" by Claude Debussy followed, with orchestras such as Camerata Bohemica Prag or Thüringer Symphoniker.

A prizewinner in a number of national and international competitions in Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan (e.g. Internationaler Reinl-Wettbewerb, Osaka International Music Competition), Elisabeth Plank was honoured with the "Young Celebrity Master"-award of "HarpMasters" in Switzerland in 2014.

Born in Vienna in 1991, she had her first lesson at age seven and, only two years later, she was accepted as a preparatory course student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Starting from 2009, Elisabeth Plank has been under the tuition of Adelheid Blovsky-Miller and has concluded her studies in June 2015 with the highest distinction. In further studies she worked with Mirjam Schröder in Vienna and Fabrice Pierre in Brescia. Elisabeth Plank is a very eager performer and promoter of contemporary music and so far, three works have been composed for her: "Sonatine für Harfe" by Andreas Wykydal (Premiere in London 2014), a harp concerto by Onur Dülger: "Bai-Ulgan" (Premiere in Vienna 2015, Radiokulturhaus Wien, Webern Ensemble, Jean-Bernard Matter) and “Central Plank” for solo harp by Arturo Fuentes (Premiere for Jeunesse Zwettl, 2017). Since 2017 Elisabeth Plank is the harpist of ensemble "airborne extended".

Further highlights of the past season include her debut in the Philharmony of Kharkiv, solo tours in Japan and South America, and her debut with the Thüringer Symphoniker. 
In the 2017/18 season Elisabeth Plank will present two solo-programs for Jeunesse and in March 2018 Elisabeth Plank will have her solo debut in Musikverein Wien.