Photo of Emmanuel Ceysson and a harp in a street
  1. Faculty

Emmanuel Ceysson

Harp

COURSES

  • Applied Lessons

EDUCATION

  • Paris Conservatoire, Diploma in Harp and Harmony

ENSEMBLES

  • LA Philharmonic (2020-present)
  • MET Opera (2015-2021)
  • Paris Opera (2006-2015)

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Gold medal of 5th USA International Harp Competition (2004)
  • First Prize, Young Concert Artists Auditions (2006)
  • First Prize, ARD Competition (2009)

What is your hometown?

Chaponost, suburb of Lyon, France

What is your favorite recording? Why?

Stravinsky's Firebird with Boulez and CSO (DG). First piece of music I studied in music initiation as a kid, beautiful rendition

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Cooking, baking, and biking

Who were your major teachers?

Isabelle Moretti and Germaine Lorenzini

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

What truly matters in the end, is the path towards excellence, not the awards

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

In general, questions about the reasons behind indications I give them, as questioning is the best way to learn

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

TV talent show when I was 7, and then entering Paris Conservatoire at 16

What was a turning point in your career?

Joining the Paris opera in 2006, Opera taught me almost everything musically

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Hand surgeon, or neurosurgeon

What is your daily practice routine?

2-4 hours MAX of really focused practice, spread during the day between new pieces to learn, and deepening repertoire I already know

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Wagner, Debussy, Renié

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you, and why?

Paris in the early 20th century, birth of the impressionism in music, blooming of the harp in France under Renié's career

What is your unrealized project?

A method book on sound techniques for harp

Please list your most important collaborations

Ginastera concerto in Berlin Philharmonie with DSO

A Ring cycle with Philippe Jordan at the MET

Glière concerto CD recording with Bavarian Radio Symphony

What recordings can we hear you on?

Gliere Concerto with BRSO, BR Klassik
Debussy Danses, Orchestre National de Lyon and Jun Märkl, Naxos
Belle Epoque, Naïve
Ballad in RED, Aparté

WITH HIS POWERFUL, VIRTUOSO PLAYING, EMMANUEL CEYSSON SWEEPS AWAY ALL THE CLICHÉS ASSOCIATED WITH HIS INSTRUMENT. HIS INFECTIOUS ENTHUSIASM AND BOUNDLESS ENERGY REVEALS THE HARP IN ALL ITS SPARKLING SPLENDOUR, IN A WORLD WHERE POETRY RHYMES WITH TEMPERAMENT.

 

Chosen amongst 70 others of his best peers in a totally blind and anonymous audition process, he is since September 2020 the new Los Angeles Philharmonic Harpist under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. This exciting symphonic position comes after almost 15 years playing opera in the pit, as Principal Harp: first with the Opéra National de Paris, a job he won aged 22, and then for 5 full seasons with the legendary New York MET Opera Orchestra.

 

Born and raised in France, he was admitted unanimously as a student of the prestigious Paris Conservatoire when only 16, and then managed to collect the highest international distinctions and prizes in the course of 10 years: GOLD Medallist at the 2004 USA international Harp Competition, First Prize at the New York Young Concert Artists Auditions in 2006, and First Prize at the 2009 ARD competition in Munich; thus securing a press acclaimed solo career, as RECITALIST in major concert venues like Carnegie Zankel Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau, Munich Gasteig, Wiener Konzerthaus, Hyogo concert hall, and as SOLOIST WITH ORCHESTRAS such as Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, RAI Orchestra Torino, Orchestre National de Lyon, PKF Prague Philharmonia...He also took part in important music FESTIVALS all over the planet including the Cartagena Music Festival, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Hong Kong Premiere Performance, Caramoor and Classical Tahoe...As a RECORDING artist, his wide discography covers solo, chamber music and concerto harp repertoire with labels such as Naxos, BR klassik, Naïve, Aparte, and received praises from the specialized press. Finally, he also invests lots of time TEACHING masterclasses worldwide and holds a Visiting Professor position for the next 3 years at the Helsinki Sibelius Academy.