Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is one of the leading soloists of her instrument
In December 2010 she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. As a soloist Anneleen has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, Mozarteum Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and National Orchestra of Belgium, among others.
Anneleen Lenaerts has made her solo debut at venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall New York, Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Bozar in Brussels and at festivals including Rheingau Musik Festival, Dresden Musikfestspiele, Lockenhaus festival, Moritzburg Festival and Aspen Music Festival. Solo appearances have been recorded by BBC Radio 3, Radio France Musique and Deutschlandfunk.
After the success of recording three harp concertos (by Glière, Rodrigo and Jongen) with the Brussels Philharmonic for Warner Classics and a CD with works by Schumann and Schubert with clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos, Anneleen signed an exclusive recording artist contract with Warner Classics. 2019 saw the release of a new recording with works by Nino Rota with the Brussels Philharmonic, Adrien Perruchon and Emmanuel Pahud and won an Opus Klassik, after being nominated in four different categories. Her previous solo album on Aliud Records comprises 12 transcriptions of some of the most popular piano pieces by Chopin and Liszt. In the same year she also received the Flemish Community Honours by the Government of Flanders for her outstanding contributions to society.
From an early age, Anneleen has been taking home top prizes at international harp competitions, with 23 won between 1997 and 2009. The Grand Prix International Lily Laskine, where she won the first prize in 2005, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, where she was both a prizewinner and winner of the Audience Prize, are particularly outstanding.
She teaches at the University of Maastricht and Musical Arts Madrid, and is a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, USA, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
She has given masterclasses all over the world, including at The Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Mozarteum University Salzburg.
As well as the harp, Anneleen studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Brussels Conservatory.