Our Zurich Harp faculty:

Sarah O'Brien 
Harp, solo, chamber music, contemporary music, orchestra repertoire 

Arianna Savall
Baroque and historic harps, with concerts and performance possibilites.

Una Prelle and Julie Palloc
Orchestra Training.
Both are principal harpists of the Zurich Opera, in collaboration with the Zurich Opera.


Lily Laskine Concours, October 2014 in Paris
Reinl-Wettbewerb, February 2015 in Munich
International Harp Competition Bloomington June 2016
ARD International Music Competition September 2016 Munich
Deutscher Musikwettbewerg, March 2018 in Bonn
Orchestra Auditions


6/11 - 8/11 2016, harpAcademy Sandstedt
26/7 - 2/8/2015, Int. Masterclasses Montepulciano (Italy), www.palazzoricci.com
29/7 - 5/8/2018, Int. Masterclasses Montepulciano (Italy), www.palazzoricci.com


The students of the harpclasses at the Universities of Zurich and Basel are among the leading young harpists of their generation. We have prizewinners of international competitions and orchestra-positions as well as teaching jobs and winners of scholarships and orchestra academy-positions.

A broad repertoire, deep musical expression and high technical abilities are the basis - but even more than this, Sarah O'Brien loves to bring out the personal strength of each student, their personality and self-esteem  in order to make the study-years as promising as possible for a successful life within the music world and their instrument, the harp!

Please contact me directly to find out more. Scholarships and financial support through the universities are possible.

Prizes won by the students (excerpt):

Orchestra Aachen, Christina Kurz
Orchestra Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Emilie Jaulmes
Orchestra Sao Paulo, Paola Baron
Orchestra Teatro Colon, Sarah Stern
Academy Dresden Staatskapelle, Isabel Goller
Verbier Festival Orchestra 1st and 2nd harp, Giulia Ott
Ulysses Ensemble, Rahel Schweizer
1. Prize Felix Godefroid Belgien, Marika Riedl
1. Prize Int. Competition France, Limoges, Joanna Thalmann
2. Prize Slovenien Int. Harp Competition, Marika Riedl
3. Prize Golden Harp Sankt Petersburg, Joel von Lerber
2. Prize Int. Competition Poland, Joel von Lerber
3. Prize Int. Dutch Harp Competition, Giulia Ott
6. Prize Bloomington USA Int. Harp Contest, Joel von Lerber
Special Prize ARD Competition, Marika Riedl
Special Prize Best Mandatory Piece International Harp Contest Italien, Marika Riedl
Win of the Schenk Stiftung Prize in competition to all other instrumental categories, Giulia Ott
Prizes: Dienemann Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Lyra Stiftung, Bruno Schuler Stiftung, and and...
...ongoing successes!

Current and former students, academists:
Paola Baron
Sasha Boldachev
Amandine Carbuccia
Estelle Costanzo
Isabel Goller
Emilie Jaulmes
Joel von Lerber
Marika Riedl
Esther Severac
Severine Schmid
Antonia Schreiber
Joanna Thalmann

And many, many other that give concerts, perform and teach very actively...