Harpists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1732-01-18 Jean-Guillain Cardon, French harpist, teacher, and composer, born in Mons, South Netherlands (d. 1803)
  • 1752-03-29 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, born in Llandderfel, Wales (d. 1824)
  • 1769-08-16 Jean Aimé Vernier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1838)
  • 1776-02-18 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • 1789-08-09 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, born in Montmédy, France (d. 1856)
  • 1793-07-02 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1800-05-06 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
  • 1805-03-05 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, born in Paris, France (d. 1870)
  • 1805-12-26 Joseph Léon Gatayes, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1877)
  • 1808-02-28 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), born in Teignmouth, England (d. 1849)
  • 1818-07-24 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1897)
  • 1826-03-01 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, born in Bridgend (d. 1913)
  • 1829-06-13 Antonio Zamara, Austrian harpist and composer, born in Milan (d. 1901)
  • 1845-03-05 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1866-08-05 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, born in Oporto (d. 1948)
  • 1893-08-31 Lily Laskine, French harpist, born in Paris (d. 1988)
  • 1907-01-07 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1909-12-14 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1931-06-06 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1935-10-21 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2002)
  • 1945-09-29 Tatiana Tauer, harpist
  • 1946-02-03 Eva Maros, Hungarian classical harpist, born in Pécs, Hungary
  • 1950-03-29 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), born in Albadaria, Guinea (d. 2020)
  • 1951-02-20 Patrice Fisher, American jazz, pop, and Celtic harpist, and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1952-08-04 Moya Brennan [Máire Ní Bhraonáin], Irish folksinger and harpist (Clannad; Máire), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1953-10-04 Andreas Vollenweider, Swiss new-age harpist (Down to the Moon), born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1957-02-17 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian world and Celtic harpist, accordion, and piano player, singer, and composer ("The Mummer's Dance"), born in Morden, Manitoba
  • 1982-01-18 Joanna Newsom, American harpist, born in Nevada City, California
  • 1983-02-12 Lavinia Meijer, Dutch harpist (Metamorphosis / The Hours), born in South Korea

Deaths in Music

  • 1824-04-18 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist & composer, dies at 72
  • 1849-01-25 Elias Parish Alvars, British harpist and composer ("Voyage d'un Harpiste en Orient"), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1851-04-08 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1856-01-06 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1868-07-20 Antoine Prumier, French harpist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1868-09-10 Franz Anton Adam Stockhausen, German composer and harpist, dies at 79
  • 1870-03-09 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, dies at 65
  • 1871-12-29 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1877-02-01 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, French harpist, dies at 71
  • 1897-07-12 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1901-11-11 Antonio Zamara, Austrian harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1912-08-19 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67
  • 1913-03-19 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 87
  • 1948-05-08 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • 1961-08-17 Carlos Leon Salzedo, French born American composer and harpist, dies at 76
  • 1988-01-04 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • 1993-03-22 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • 1993-04-01 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, dies at 86
  • 1994-06-09 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, dies at 63
  • 1994-07-27 Tatiana Tauer, harpist, dies at 48
  • 2002-10-17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • 2002-10-17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • 2020-05-22 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), dies at 70