Eleanor Turner is a multi-faceted artist. She is an international soloist (noteworthy venues include London's Wigmore Hall and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam) and has made a name for herself both as a classical artist and an electronic musician, performing her own spatial sound composition for electro harp and MyoSpat gesture-controlled technology at the International Computer Music Conference in Shanghai.
Eleanor is also a busy chamber musician (Berlin Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, festivals across Europe) and concerto soloist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English Baroque Ensemble, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Utrecht Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra) and her groups include Tala Tarang Harp and Tabla Duo, Ranagri alt folk band, Aquilae Flute and Harp Duo, 4 Girls 4 Harps and the Harborough Collective. She even makes time for regular performances with the Orchestra of the Swan, both at the front of the orchestra and within.
Eleanor takes her teaching career very seriously and has nurtured students from early stages through to professional careers, namely co-author on her Teachable site, Elizabeth Bass. Eleanor is a Visiting Tutor at the University of Birmingham, Durham University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, York University and has given occasional classes at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Eleanor is particularly grateful for the mentorship of American composer, conductor and harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, for inspiration and one-on-one tuition on her concerto and other pieces. Thanks must go to Camac Harps for facilitating a particularly meaningful week of work in 2010. Eleanor is also indebted to 18th Century piano and organ specialist Douglas Hollick for many hours of friendship and connection over square pianos, clavichords, early harps and 19th century pianofortes and Erard double action harps. Long term tuition in Eleanor's most formative years was from Alison Nicholls, to whom Eleanor feel she owes her ability to listen to herself and who patiently refocused her technique and attitude towards the instrument at a critical time. When Eleanor was a child, she received excellent and thorough tuition from Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department; a time of inspiration, support and encouragement that saw Eleanor gaining a place in first the National Children's Orchestra, then National Youth Orchestra, reach the finals of the Audi Junior Musician and gain much valuable experience.
Further tuition happened as a result of winning a Wingate Scholarship and other wonderful financial awards. Support from the Salvi Harps family was absolutely vital and ensured Eleanor's international career - something for which she remains indebted to Salvi and still loves to play her Salvi Harps, a Diana acoustic concert grand and her Echo electro-acoustic.
Eleanor won the European Harp Competition in 2007 and went on to also gain Second Prize in the 2011 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary music and Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award at the Dutch Harp Festival 2010. There have been numerous other awards and accolades for which Eleanor worked tirelessly to win. She is therefore excellently placed to help you in your own journey, whether it be self-discovery, musical progress for its own sake or the desire to compete nationally or internationally. She would be delighted to hear from any committed and enthusiastic harpist with a view to giving advice, so please do get in touch! [email protected]
The cost of a coaching session with Eleanor is £50.