Biography

At the age of six, Joel von Lerber began to take harp lessons at the Music Conservatory of Bern, Switzerland. He was taught by Nathalie Chatelain and Simon Bilger. He began his academic studies in 2009 at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland with Prof. Sarah O’Brien and gained his Bachelor of Arts in Music with honours in June 2012. In September 2012 he took up his studies for Master of Performance at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, Switzerland with Prof. Sarah O’Brien and gained a Master of Performance with honours in June 2014. In September 2014 he took up studies for Master of Music at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany with Prof. Maria Graf and gained a Master of Music with honours in June 2016. In September 2016 he continued his studies for the concert exam with Prof. Maria Graf and will graduate in summer 2018. 

 

In 2008, he won the first prize and a special prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition. In 2011 he was a first prize winner at the International Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung Harp Contest. In November 2012 he was awarded the highly prestigious grant of the Migros Culture Foundation. In 2013 he won 3 prizes: in June1st prize and Audience Award at the Louis Spohr Competition in Germany, in July 6th Prize at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, IN and in December he won again the highly doted Grant of the Migros Culture Foundation. In February 2014 he won a prestigous grant of DAAD for studies in Berlin, Germany, which has been renewed yearly. In September 2014 he participated in the Golden Harp Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and won a 3rd prize. In September 2015 he participated in the Michal Spisak International Music Competition in Dabrowa Gornicza (PL) and won a 2nd prize and the special prize from the orchestra. In November 2017 he won the 2nd prize at 5th Mexikco International Harp Competition. Besides his studies, Joel von Lerber performs as a soloist, plays chamber music and performs with orchestras. He regularly participates in harp master classes with Prof. Helga Storck and Prof. Sarah O’Brien.

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2015 (September)

 

 

 

 

2014 (September)

 

 

2014 - 2018

 

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2012 (November)

 

 

2011 (March)

 

 

2008 (May)

 

Awards

 

2nd prize at the 5th Mexico International Harp Competition in Mexico City, Mexico

 

2nd prize at the Michal Spisak International Music Competition in Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland and special prize from the Philharmony Orchestra Zabrzanska, Poland

 

3rd prize at the Golden Harp Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Winner of a DAAD grant in Berlin, Germany

 

Winner of the Migros Culture Foundation grant in Zürich, Switzerland

 

6th prize at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, IN, USA

 

1st prize and audience award at the Louis Spohr Competition in Kassel, Germany

 

Winner of the Migros Culture Foundation grant in Zürich, Switzerland

 

1st prize at the International Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung Harp Contest in München, Germany

 

1st prize and special prize at the final contest of the Swiss Youth Music Competition Hünenberg, Switzerland