Lise Vandersmissen

Harpist

Biography

Education

Lise Vandersmissen was born in 1996 in Belgium. She studied with Lieve Robbroeckx for her Bachelor’s Degree in the LUCA School of Arts in Belgium and with Imogen Barford for her Master’s Degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. She is currently part of the Fellowship Programme at the Guildhall.

Prizes and Awards

Lise participated successfully in national and international competitions. In 2019, she won the First Prize at the 5th International Harp Competition in Slovenia, the Second Prize in the 5th International Harp Competition in Hungary and the the Third Prize at the North London Harp Competition. She also won the Guildhall Harp Prize 2019.

Amongst others, she won First Prizes at the Vlamo Concours and the Belfius Competition in Belgium and The North International Music Competition 2018. She was a Prizewinner at The 9th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Poland, and was selected to perform at the Focus On Youth Platform on the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017. She won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Harp Duo at the 4th International Harp Competition in Hungary and the Second Prize at the Prinses Christina Concours in the Netherlands.

She won a place at the London Sinfonietta Academy and the Académie Camac in France with Isabelle Perrin. She was selected to be a Concordia Foundation Artist.

In June 2019, Lise gave the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new piece for solo harp: Four Meditations. In July 2020, Lise will be performing her transcription of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin at the World Harp Congress in Wales.

Aglica Trio

Together with Carys Gittins and Agnieszka Żyniewicz, Lise formed the Aglica Trio in 2017. Bringing their Polish, Belgian and British influences together, they have formed this dynamic trio based in London. They were selected to perform at the Guildhall Chamber Music Festival in Milton Court Concert Hall, and have played in concert tours in Belgium and the UK.

Orchestral soloist

As a soloist, Lise has performed with The Symphony of Zabrze Philharmonic directed by Sławomir Chrzanowski and with Youth Orchestra Amikejo under Mark Prils. She has also played as a soloist in workshops with the Symphony Orchestra of Luca School of Arts directed by Ivan Meylemans. She has played with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra in the final of the Croydon Concerto Competition.