26-year-old Jerusalem man wins international harp competition

Sivan Magen outplayed France's Cecile Maudire and Japan's Etsuko Chida in the harp competition's final round, which took place Monday at the Jerusalem Theater.

By URY EPPSTEIN, NATHAN BURSTEIN
October 26, 2006 08:28
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For the first time in its 47-year history, Israel's tri-annual International Harp Competition wrapped up earlier this week by crowning an Israeli its victor. Sivan Magen, a 26-year-old from Jerusalem, outplayed France's Cecile Maudire and Japan's Etsuko Chida in the harp competition's final round, which took place Monday at the Jerusalem Theater. The threesome qualified for the final after competing in earlier rounds against 20 additional harpists from across Europe and Asia. Magen, Israel's sole representative at the contest, won two of four prizes awarded in earlier rounds of competition. His victory in the final round earned him a gold-plated harp valued at $55,000 from competition sponsor Lyon & Healy Harps. The harp will be presented to Magen at a special recital hosted by Lyon & Healy in Chicago. Magen, who began his music career at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, performed with an entertainment unit in the IDF before resuming his musical studies in Paris. Now training at New York City's elite Juilliard School, Magen will be invited to perform at the next International Harp Competition in 2009.

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