As a harpist playing an Atlantide Prestige Camac Harp (concert pedal harp), I have been using for a few years now Gallistrings. I should say that I do like them very much as their tone is very clear and projecting. Quite often harp wire strings sound dull and don’t project much, but Gallistrings really help us get those clear basses we all look for. They also have the great quality to keep well their colour and most important, their tuning.


After brilliantly completing her studies at the Conservatoire de Nice, France, Isabelle PERRIN gave her first recital at the age of seventeen at a festival for young soloists: the Festival Méditerranéen des Jeunes Solistes. Following this, she studied at the Juilliard School of music in New York for three years where she perfected her technique before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On her return to France, she was chosen by the Jeunesses Musicales de France to go on tour for three consecutive years giving recitals throughout France, thus introducing the harp to a wider public. Named co-principal of the Orchestre National de France and honoured to be chosen as a participating soloist by the Menuhin Foundation, Isabelle PERRIN is also a winner of the Torneo Internazionale de Musica, in Rome, Italy. An international soloist, Ms PERRIN is regularly invited to play with many prestigious orchestras such as the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle, USA), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. She has also performed with the Oshawa-Durham Symphony (Canada), the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and many other well-known orchestras. She tours regularly in Europe, USA, Africa (Tunisia, South Africa) and Asia (China, Japan). This year she will be playing in Holland, USA, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, France, Russia, Switzerland, England, Germany, Italy, etc… Isabelle PERRIN’s personality has inspired composers to write for her. Piérick HOUDY- Grand Prix de Rome- wrote his CONCERTO FRANÇAIS for harp and orchestra especially for her. She performed the World Premiere of this piece in France with the Orchestre de Bretagne and played it for the first time in America in Baton Rouge (Louisiana, USA) with the Baton Rouge Symphony. She has also performed it at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague with the Radio Prague Symphony Orchestra. Bernard ANDRES, a leading composer for the harp, dedicated his “Danses d’Erzulie” for harp, string orchestra and percussion to her. She performed the world premier of this piece in Cincinnati, USA, in June 2000. Ms Perrin has recorded several compact discs. These include a recital of the works of Bernard Andres. She has also recorded with the TURNER Trio, of which she is the founding member, original works of Arnold BAX for Flute, Viola and Harp. She has recently released the world’s first recording on a period instrument of the works of F.A. BOIELDIEU for Harp, which includes the famous C major Concerto. Ms Perrin just recorded 2 new CDs. One of Mr Piérick Houdy’s harp music (including the Sonata and the Concerto he wrote for her). And a double album of famous harp solos along with the Debussy Dances. Both of those CDs will be released at the end of 2003 The youngest French musician to obtain the C.A. (French degree to teach in the Conservatoires Nationaux de Région), Isabelle PERRIN is now teaching at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She gives master-classes all over the world and was recently invited for two months as guest faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA.

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