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Anneleen Lenaerts

I met Anneleen Lenaerts on a snowy morning in Vienna. I was lucky our schedules meshed so that we could meet in person, especially after hearing about her demanding job performing nearly every night of the year as principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera. I think my jaw nearly dropped to the floor when she told me she had learned 45 new operas in her first season alone—all performed without rehearsal! That, combined with her full-time schedule playing with the philharmonic, makes it hard to fathom how she also recently found the time to record a new CD of harp concertos with the Brussels Philharmonic in her native Belgium. Despite a high-profile career befitting a diva, Anneleen is truly one of the nicest harpists I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. After our conversation and a quick tour the renowned opera theater, we still had time for a lunch of wiener schnitzel before Anneleen rushed off to take care of other business. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look into the life of what can only be described as the world’s busiest harpist.

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Kimberly Rowe is co-founder of Harp Column and served as Editor of the print edition from 1993–2013. She now serves as Web Editor. Kimberly performs and teaches in the mid-Atlantic region of the US. She is co-founder of the Young Artist's Harp Seminar, and on the faculty at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

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