Reidun Schlesinger Biography

Reidun SchlesingerShort Biography

Reidun Schlesinger, originally from Belgium, has played Irish Harp since 1989, and cross-strung chromatic harp since 1999. Classical harp training in Liège, Belgium, and Harp and Musical Education studies at Musikhochschule Aachen, Germany. Teaching activity: regular workshops for Irish harp in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France; teaching Harp & Irish music in Co. Kerry, Ireland, via Reidun’s Harp Centre. Performing: played with several folk/trad bands in Belgium (Amorroma/Les Tisserands, CD & DVD projects) & Germany. Living in Kerry since 2008. Duo with uilleann piper Barry Lynch. Duo “Amala” with Paul de Grae on guitar, Amala’s CD “resonance” (harp & guitar music from Ireland & elsewhere) available now. Publishing: “Mein Schlaues Harfenbuch”, tutor for Irish harp (120 pages with CD, in German); “Let’s Have a Tune!”, series of workbooks for young learners of Irish traditional music, “My little Irish Harp Book – First Steps Made Easy for the Young Beginner” (2018).

Long Biography

Reidun discovered the celtic harp (Irish harp) in 1989 and teaches it since 1993. She studied the classical harp with Sophie Hallynck at the “Academie Royale de Musique” in Liege, Belgium, for two years, and at the “Musikhochschule Aachen” (Music College) with Helga Storck, combined with studies in musical education. She played in several folk/trad bands, such as “Amorroma/Les Tisserands” (Belgium; CD & DVD projects), and AeNicht (Germany) or “Fasire” (Germany).

In 1999 she started to play the cross-strung chromatic harp. She lives in Kerry, Ireland and has written a harp tutor for the celtic harp (2009), 120 pages with CD, in German (“Mein Schlaues Harfenbuch”), and a harp tutor for kids: “My little Irish Harp Book – First Steps Made Easy for the Young Beginner” (2018).

She also published a series of workbooks for her young Irish students, called “Let’s have a Tune!” with tunes in ABC, chords for accompaniment, workheets to practice staff notation & a notes & chords library (2013).

She regularly teaches/gives harp workshops in Belgium, Germany (for ex. the”‘Harfentreffen”, the “Harfensommer”), the Netherlands (‘Iers op Texel’), France (for ex.’Rencontres de harpes celtique de Dinan’) and of course in Ireland, e.g at “Reidun’s Harp Centre” in Glencuttane, Beaufort, Co. Kerry.

Reidun is also available for beginner’s lessons on other traditional instruments, and of course for harp recitals. She plays as a soloist as well as with various groups/singers, for example:

-“Amala“, duo with guitarist Paul de Grae. CD “resonance” available on http://www.amala.ie.

-Duo with uilleann piper Barry Lynch who also plays the mandolin, banjo, Low and tin whistles, the bodhran & voc.

Reidun can perform and teach in the following languages: English, German, French.