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Harpists From All Nations: Don’t Play the Harp for Apartheid Israel Harp Contest

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In 2005, Palestinian Civil Society called for the cultural boycott of Israel.  See the PACBI’s statement on why.  Harpists in the past have played for the Israel Harp Contest, they have hailed from many nations:

The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, USA, Korea, China, Russia, France, &  the Republic of Moldova.

Before the call for boycott, In 1998:

First Prize: Gwyneth Wentink, Netherlands

Second Prize: Cristina Bianchi, Italy

Third Prize: Kyo-Jin Lee, Korea

Before the call for boycott, In 2001:

First Prize: Lyon & Healy: Concert Grand Harp, (value $13,000) – Letizia Belmondo, Italy

Second Prize: Rosalind G. Weindling Prize: US $5,000 – Jessica Li Zhou, People’s Republic of China

Third Prize: In memory of Rachel Graetz: US $3,000 – avinia Meijer, Netherlands

Before the call for boycott, In 2003:  

First Prize: Lyon & Healy: Concert Grand Harp ($13,000 value) – Ms. Varvara Ivanova, Russia

Second Prize: Rosalind G. Weindling Prize: US $6,000 – Ms. Julie Bunzel, USA

Third Prize: In memory of Rachel Graetz: US $4,000 – Ms. Albane Mahe, France

Gulbenkian Prize: US $2,500. For the best performance of Toshi Ichiyanagi’s “Stilltime III” – Ms. Etsuko Shoji, Japan

Aharon Zvi & Mara Propes Prize: US $1,500. For the best performance of the required Israeli Composition in Stage I – Ms. Julie Bunzel, USA

The Esther Herlitz Prize: US $1,000. For the best performance of a contemporary piece in Stage 3 Donation of Deane M. Sherman. – Ms. Varvara Ivanova, Russia

The Chamber Music Prize: US $1.000. For the best performance of Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro in Stage III – Ms. Julie Bunzel, USA

After the call for boycott, In 2006:   (prizes totaled $47,000)
First Prize: Mr. Sivan Magen, Israel: Style 23 Gold Concert Grand Harp by Lyon & Healy ($31,000 value)
Second Prize:
Ms. Cecile Maudire, France, Rosalind G. Weindling Prize: US $6,000
Third Prize: Ms. Etsuko Chida, Japan, In memory of Rachel Graetz: US $4,000 and the Aharon Zvi & Mara Propes Prize: US $2,000,
Mr. Sivan Magen, Israel, Prize in memory of Deane M. Sherman: US $1,000 and the Mario Falcao Prize: US $1,000
Ms. Teresa Zimmermann, Germany, The Reniè Prize: US $1,000
Mr. Sivan Magen, Israel, Anonymous donation.

After the call for boycott, and following Israel’s deadly assult on Gaza, In 2009:

First Prize: No First Prize

Second Prize: Ina Zdorovetchi, Republic of Moldova , Rosalind G. Weindling Prize: US $6,000

Third Prize: Remy van Kesteren, the Netherlands , In memory of Rachel Graetz: US $4,000

Ina Zdorovetchi, Republic of Moldova, won the Chamber Music Prize in memory of Yona Ettinger: US $ 3,000

Ina Zdorovetchi, Republic of Moldova, won the Aharon Zvi & Mara Propes Prize: US $2,500

Remy van Kesteren, the Netherlands won the Mario Falcao Prize: US $1,500

Emily Levin, USA, won: Irena Kaganovsky Prize: US $1,000

Do not let the lure of fame cause you to pluck those stings for apartheid.  Boycott the Israel Harp Contest.

SOURCE   http://boycott-israel-harp-contest.posterous.com/harpists-from-all-nations-do-not-play-the-har

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The Invitation: Harpists around the world who strive for musical excellence and display a passion for human rights and justice are all invited to Boycott the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel, planned for 22 November - 6 December, 2012. Blog at https://harpsofconscience.wordpress.com/

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