Award-winning harpist Gianetta Baril has had a distinguished solo career for over 30 years. While concertizing throughout Germany, France, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic, she consistently received glowing praise for her charming presence, dramatic artistry and spectacular technique. Career highlights include concerts behind the Iron Curtain, performing as Canada’s representative to the World Harp Congresses in Vienna and Paris and as a soloist for the Queen, Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana. Since returning to Canada, she has performed a wide variety of solo and chamber music recitals throughout Western Canada and most recently in Brazil. Her first solo CD “Luminescence” was released in June of 2008 and her CBC SM-5000 recording of Harp Concerti with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra won a Juno Award for the Best Recording of a Canadian Work.
“Her playing, its’ elegance, precision, coloured passion as well as the refined intimacy which it imposes, is a gift for the ears.”
Repertoire des disques Compactes, France
A passionate teacher, Gianetta maintains an active studio at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, was Chairman of the Focus on Youth section of the World Harp Congress held in 2011 and is co-founder of the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute. Many of her students have received top awards for Royal Conservatory examinations and have continued onto graduate studies and professional careers. Her dedication and keenness to share her love of the harp led to an invitation to perform and teach for two social projects in Rio de Janeiro. These exceptional programmes offer underprivileged children from the favelas a new life of possibilities through the gift of music lessons and involvement in an orchestra. In preparation for this volunteer work, Gianetta began an intensive fund-raising action “Harping for Harps” which facilitated her donation of 3 harps as a starting point for the teaching in Brazil.
In the Fall of 2014, Gianetta began a sabbatical to travel around the world, exploring new musical possibilities and cultures and doing volunteer work. Experiences included photographing and cataloguing fish species in Fiji, a silent retreat in Thailand and 6 weeks working on a permaculture farm, cataloguing native medicinal plants and harvesting rice in Nepal. The second half of her sabbatical was spent in Brazil, establishing two harp programmes in the favelas in Rio and teaching an extension course on the business of music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. During that time, Gianetta was also invited to give masterclasses in other parts of the country as well as to perform for the Rio Harp Festival.
Now back in Canada, Gianetta resumes her teaching and concertizing and is looking forward to an annual return to Brazil to continue the work she has begun there.
May 5, 8 pm
Sticks, Strings and Mythical Things
May 9, 10:30 am