artwork by Soña Lee
Boris Bezemer, Harp Piece
"Eight and a half minutes of harp pleasure"
Carine Lacor, NPO Klassiek
Album Dal suono dolcissimo
with mezzo soprano Georgia Burashko
photo by Alex Schroder
Michela Amici performs on historical and modern harps, her repertoire ranges from medieval and baroque music to new compositions written especially for her.
Recent performances as soloist and with her ensembles include international festivals such as Dutch Harp Festival, World Harp Congress, Grachten Festival, November Music, Gaudeamus, Dag in de Branding, Nieuwe Noten Amsterdam and the Dutch radio NPO Klassiek. As a basso continuo player she recently performed in ensembles led by Richard Egarr, Adrián Rodríguez van der Spoel, Tineke Steenbrink and Alessandro Quarta.
In 2021 Michela recorded for Festival for Compassion the piece “Thin Air” by Calliope Tsoupaki and in 2022 she was artist in residency at the Dutch festivals Gaudeamus (New Notes) and Dag in de Branding (New Makers). Michela premiered new compositions written by Aspasia Nasopoulou, Boris Bezemer, Karmit Fadael and Amarante Nat, among others. In 2022 she released her debut album "Dal suono dolcissimo" with mezzo-soprano Georgia Burahsko.
Michela received her harp Diploma in 2013 and harp Master in 2015 cum laude at the Conservatory G. Rossini of Pesaro in Italy, and completed in 2018 a Master Specialisation in "new audiences and innovative practices" at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she studied harp with Ernestine Stoop. She subsequently specialised in historically informed performance practice with Christina Pluhar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, performing on the Italian three-rows baroque harp. Moreover she attended masterclasses with Chiara Granata and studied medieval harps with Manuel Vilas.
In addition to her music studies, Michela completed in 2014 a Master in Architecture cum laude at the University of Bologna in Italy, with a dissertation on architectural preservation, and has worked as assistant designer for the dutch firm Braaksma & Roos Architecten.
Michela plays on a Cellini baroque harp built by Rainer M. Thurau Studio for Applied Arts, made possible with the kind support of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument; a renaissance bray harp built by Eric Kleinmann; and plays on a Lyon&Healy style 100 pedal harp.
Her projects have been supported by The Performing Arts Fund NL, Municipality of The Hague, Norma Fund, Sena Music Production Fund, Amarte Fund.