Esther Sévérac, tenant dans ses bras une harpe.

Esther is a professional harpist living in Basel (Switzerland). She gives many concerts and is happy to play at your private events (weddings, dinners, birthdays…). She teaches the harp, takes part in many different musical projects and she takes classes in singing and jazz. Learn more about her next concerts and activities and enjoy the browse !

Next concerts

20 march '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Bird's Eye, Basel /20.30 /
21 march '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Bird's Eye, Basel /20.30 /
24 march '18  Harfenkonzert von Carl Reinecke u. andere Werke/ Solistin: Esther Sévérac / Orchester: Sinfonietta Dachau (D) / Renaissance-Festsaal, Schloss Dachau / 20:00 /
5 may '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Mehrspur, Zürich /
13 may '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Kirche Rotmonten, St. Gallen /
25 may '18 Duo Harpkissax / Niko Seibold, Saxophone. Esther Sévérac, harp /Café Con Letras Basel/ 20.30/
30 may '18 Duo Harpkissax / Niko Seibold, Saxophone. Esther Sévérac, harp / UPK Basel / 16.00/
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 /
14 sept '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Hotel Reine Victoria St. Moritz /
17 nov' 18 Yumi Ito (voc, comp) & Esther Sévérac (harp)/5. Internationales PAM Festival: Hörmal /
11 dec '18 Yumi Ito Orchestra/ Waldsee, Freiburg Im Breisgau (D) /




Download the whole curriculum here!

Musical studies

2010 – 2017

Basel Music Academy with Prof. Sarah O'Brien. Soloist Master of Arts, 2017. Master of Arts in harp teaching, 2015. Bachelor of Arts in music, 2013. 


2013 – 2017

Basel Symphony Orchestra, supplementary harpist.

2010 – 2015

First Solo Harp in the Swiss Youth Orchestra (SJSO).



Winner of the concerto competition at the Basel Music Academy.


Swiss Youth Music Competition (SJMW): First prize with distinction in the Finale

Masterclasses, workshops and lessons with:

Susann McDonald, Monika Stadler, Geneviève Chevallier, Notburga Puskas, Hélène Breschand, Skaila Kanga, Milda Agazarian, Xavier De Maistre, Jana Bouskova, Alice Giles, Isabelle Moretti, Judith Liber, Emmanuel Ceysson, Park Stickney, Ursula Holliger, Catherine Michel, Florence Sitruk, Catherine Eisenhoffer, Bernard Andrès.


  • Lessons in singing, percussion, jazz and improvisation.
  • Co-President of the Swiss Harp Association from 2012 to 2015.
  • Bachelor in multilingual communication, June 2010, from the University of Geneva.




Esther regularly plays solo with a varied and interesting repertoire. The pieces played go from classical, to baroque, romantic, pop, jazz, celtic and much more. She sometimes sings and plays together. She plays at private events like weddings, parties or receptions and also plays solo concerts, with the pedal harp or the celtic harp.


 Duo Estival

The members of the Duo Estival, which is based in Basel, are Anne-Lise Teruel (flute, alto flute, piccolo) and Esther Sévérac (pedal harp, celtic harp, voice). The two musicians met during their studies in Basel and began playing together in 2011. Since then, they have built a varied and inspired repertoire and play regularly in concert. Next to the existing repertoire for flute and harp, they play their own arrangements and are always curious to find new combinations of their different instruments.

Duo Harpkissax

Harp and Saxophone – a kiss between two worlds. Even more: classical and jazz music embrace Folk and Pop songs – delicate strings set ground for strong wooden metal and fragile wind set on fire by harp bop!

Niko Seibold – Alto & Soprano Saxophone, flute, clarinet, voice, melodica
Esther Sévérac – Harp, voice

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Les Baronnes Underground

The « Baronnes Underground » are a music/theatre quartet. Band members are Cécile Unternährer (percussion, mallets), Anne-Lise Teruel (flutes), Anna Tuena (percussion, drumset), and Esther Sévérac (harp). They play their own compositions and arrangements and their inspiration comes from everywhere (Asterix, Lawrence of Arabia, West Side Story…). They like to try other instruments (melodica, cazoo, electric harp), sing and experiment. They’re always looking for original projects and an element of surprise! 





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 !



  • A harp is provided for the lessons
  • Lessons can take place at home
  • First free trial
  • Lessons in french, german or english
  • Advice for the instrument maintenance
  • Cheerful atmosphere

30 min.

50 CHF

45 min.

75 CHF

60 min.

100 CHF 




Duo Estival

C. Pampuch: Der letzte Tanz der Sonne 

Solo harp

N. Rota: Sarabande

Solo harp

N. Rota: Toccata



Duo Harpkissax

“Amélie”, Geneva Airport 2016



TeleBasel Interview

“Telebar”, Basel 2015



Duo Estival

“Scarborough Fair”, Geneva 2014



Solo harp

“Toccata” by G. Connesson, Basel 2013