|5 may '18||Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Mehrspur, Zürich / www.yumiito.ch|
|13 may '18||Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Kirche Rotmonten, St. Gallen / www.yumiito.ch|
|23 may '18||Duo Harpkissax / Niko Seibold, Saxophone. Esther Sévérac, harp / UPK Basel / 16.00/ www.nikoseibold.com|
|25 may '18||Duo Harpkissax / Niko Seibold, Saxophone. Esther Sévérac, harp /Café Con Letras Basel/ 20.30/ www.nikoseibold.com|
|4 june '18||Orbitarium / Philippe Adam (dr), Francesco Rezzonico (b), Esther Sévérac (hp) / Hochschule für Musik Luzern|
|18 July '18||Duo Estival / Anne-Lise Teruel, flûte. Esther Sévérac, harpe / Riez(F)|
|7 sept '18||Oratorienchor Bern, Werke von Rutter, Bernstein / Heiliggeistkirche Bern / Leitung: Olga Pavlu /www.oratorienchorbern.ch|
|14 sept '18||Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Hotel Reine Victoria St. Moritz / www.yumiito.ch|
|16 nov' 18||Yumi Ito (voc, comp) & Esther Sévérac (harp)/5. Internationales PAM Festival: Hörmal / www.yumiito.ch|
|11 dec '18||Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Waldsee, Freiburg Im Breisgau (D) / www.yumiito.ch|
Esther Sévérac was born in Geneva and is currently based in Basel, Switzerland, working as a free-lance harpist with a repertoire reaching from classical solo concerts to jazz ensembles. Her regular jazz groups are duo Harpkissax with saxophonist Niko Seibold, Yumi Ito Orchestra, jazz quartet Niko Seibold’s European Song and drum’n’bass trio Orbitarium. In these different ensembles she is also experimenting with harp amplification and sound effects. Furthermore it gives her the opportunity to play in uncommon places for harpists such as Bird’s Eye Basel, Rössli Bern, Jazz Club Uster, Monkey Bar Basel, Boui Boui Festival Brenzikofen, Geneva Airport , Café Con Letras Basel, JazzCampus Basel and many more.
She studied the harp at the Music Academy Basel with renowned harpist Prof. Sarah O’Brien and holds two master degrees in solo harp performance and music pedagogy. She participated in masterclasses with famous harpists such as Xavier De Maistre, Isabelle Moretti, Skaila Kanga, Emmanuel Ceysson, Jana Bouskova, Ursula Holliger or Susann McDonald. She also had the opportunity to take single lessons with pianist Lester Menezes at the Jazz Campus Basel and to play in classical/jazz crossover projects conducted by Guillermo Klein. She frequently takes jazz harp lessons with Park Stickney and is a multiple participant in his workshop « Jazz Harp Camp » near Yverdon/CH.
Classical performances as a soloist include collaborations with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, I Medici Orchestra Basel and Sinfonietta Dachau. She also realizes harp recitals with diverse and individual programs.
Her classical ensembles include Duo Estival with flutist Anne-Lise Teruel and Duo Cordoré with cellist Gaëlle Lefebvre. She is also the co-founder of the music theater quartet Les Baronnes Underground (percussion, drumset, flute, harp) where she extends her capacities to singing, acting, arranging music and playing different instruments.
Esther played solo harp in the Swiss Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SJSO) for five years and performs regularly with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the Basel region. Being a very dedicated educator, she teaches a number of private students as well as music school harpists at the MCA Academy in Neuchâtel (CH). Prior to her academic career as a harp student Esther earned a bachelor’s degree in multilingual communication from the University of Geneva.
Esther Sévérac has a Master diploma in pedagogy since june 2015. She gives private harp lessons in Basel and teaches at the Music Academy MCA in Neuchâtel (Switzerland). She is open to all musical styles (classical, pop, jazz, celtic, or other) and teaches on celtic or on pedal harps. She matches the level and pace of the learner and will adapt herself to your needs.
If you are interested in discovering this magical instrument, don’t hesitate to contact her for a free first trial lesson. Learning music is without age limit !
“The Skye Boat Song”, 2018
“Telebar”, Basel 2015
“Scarborough Fair”, Geneva 2014
“Toccata” by G. Connesson, Basel 2013
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