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Annabelle’s story

Harpist with a gift...

Annabelle was a very quiet child.  She did not talk until she was three years old.  At four years old, she was reading.  And at five years old, she started playing the harp.  And she found her true voice.    Her first harp teacher, Stephanie Curcio of Stratham, New Hampshire, identified her as gifted from a very young age.  She was accepted into the studio of Nancy Allen, principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 when she was 11 years old.    Annabelle’s first solo appearance with an orchestra came when she was 11 years old.  She played Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Northeast Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 with Jaime Laredo and the New York String Orchestra. Annabelle won the coveted Young Professional Award of the American Harp Society in 2001.  First prize included an opportunity to represent the United States at the World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland as well as a concert tour all across the United States.  She traveled for two years and then came back to graduate from Juilliard’s pre-college in 2003.   Annabelle went on to the Hartt School for her undergraduate work and is now continuing her studies with Jessica Zhou at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  In the summer of 2013, Annabelle was the featured soloist for the Tanglewood Orchestra playing Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane.       
The girl with the dancing fingers... Annabelle age 6 and her little harp Annabelle playing harp age 5 Annabelle practicing age 9 Young Professional Division winner 2001 Annabelle practicing in her NY apartment Annabelle performing at the UN