Lise Vandersmissen

Belgian harpist living on a canal boat in London



Bachelor's Degree - LUCA School of Arts, Belgium - Magna Cum Laude (Lieve Robbroeckx)
Master's Degree - Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London - Great Distinction (Imogen Barford)
Fellowship - Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London 

Prizes, Awards & Residencies

First Prize: Supernova Chamber Music Competition with the Aglica Trio
Twintiger: Klara Radio (Young Artist at the Belgium classical radio)
First Prize: 5th International Harp Competition, Slovenia
Second Prize: North London Camac Harp Competition
Second Prize: The 5th International Harp Competition, Hungary
Guildhall Harp Prize
Fourth Prize: 9th Michaeł Spisak International Music Competition, Poland
First Prize: Belfius Competition, Belgium
First Prize: Vlamo Competition, Belgium
Second Prize: Prinses Christina Concours, The Netherlands
Residency as Performer & Teacher at Hong Kong Harp Music, SAR Hong Kong
Young Artist in Residence: Intra Muros Festival, Belgium
Live Music Now Artist, UK
UKHA Emerging Artist, UK
Concordia Foundation Artist, UK
London Sinfonietta Academy, UK
Académie Camac, France

Concerto soloist

London Handel Festival Orchestra: London Handel Festival 2023 (Italian Triple Harp)
Bach Academie Alden Biesen, Belgium (Italian Triple Harp)
The Symphony of Zabrze Philharmonic, Poland
Croydon Symphony Orchestra, UK
Guildford Symphony Orchestra, UK

Aglica Trio

Flute (Carys Gittins), Viola (Agnieszka Żyniewicz) & Harp (Lise Vandersmissen)
Winners of the Supernova Competition for chamber music in Belgium

Notable Performances

London Handel Festival: Handel Harp Concerto
World Première of “Four Meditations for Solo Harp” by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Young Artist in Residence: Intra Muros Festival, Alden Biesen, Belgium
World Harp Congress, Solo Concert, Wales
World Harp Congress, Solo Concert, Hong Kong 


English Touring Opera
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra


London Händel Festival Orchestra
English Touring Opera
Bristol Ensemble

Recordings & Radio

Decca Records: Paul Mealor - A Welsh Prayer
Decca Records: London Mozart Players and Malakai Bayoh
Voces 8: Rejoice in the Lamb
Debut Solo Album: TRANSFORMED, generously funded by Department CJM Flanders
Klara Radio: Twintiger: live recital on Klara Radio (BE)
Klara Radio: Music Matters (BE)
BBC Radio 3: In Tune: TRANSFORMED album (UK)
Radio 1: live concert and interview (BE)