Emmanuel Ceysson, harp, was winner of the prestigious 2009 ARD Music Competition in Munich. He appeared as soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, with all three performances broadcast live on Bavarian Radio. Ceysson made his New York concerto debut performing Glière’s Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero at Lincoln Center. He has appeared at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música in Colombia and in concerto performance with the Macedonia Philharmonic. This season, Ceysson performs engagements at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (NY), the Bay Shore Brightwaters Library (NY), the USA International Harp Competition (IN), and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.
Ceysson won First Prize in the 2006 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and in November of 2006 gave his debut recitals in New York at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, sponsored by the Peter P. Marino Prize, and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize. At the Auditions, he was also awarded the Alice Rosner Foundation Prize, the Victor Salvi Foundation Prize, the Summis Auspiciis Prize, and the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize. He has given recitals and educational residencies at venues including the Wolf Trap Foundation in Virginia, North Orange County Community Concerts Association in California, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Emporia Arts Council in Kansas. His Chicago debut at Lyon & Healy Hall was sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation.
In 2005, Ceysson made his debut at Wigmore Hall in London and appeared in other concerts in the United Kingdom, including a performance on BBC Radio 3. That same year, he made his Paris recital debut at the Salle Gaveau, playing the Debussy Trio with violist Karine Lethiec and flutist Jean Ferrandis. Ceysson has appeared in recital and at festivals throughout Europe, including the World Harp Congress in Geneva (2002), the Journées de la Harpe in Arles (2000, 2002 and 2003), and the 6th European Harp Symposium in Lyon (2004). He has performed as soloist with the Orchestre de Basse-Normandie. He frequently performs with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France.
Emmanuel Ceysson was born in 1984 in Oulins, France. He attended the Conservatoire National de Région de Lyon, where he studied harp with Jacqueline Defoulounoux and Christophe Truant, trombone with Yvelise Girard, harmony with Denis Magnon, and chamber music with Joel Nicod. Also an accomplished transcriber and arranger, he received the prestigious “Premier Prix” from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). He received a Diplome de Formation Supérieure (First Prize in Harp) from the Conservatoire in 2005, where he studied with Isabelle Moretti.
He currently holds the post of Principal Harp of the Paris Opera Orchestra. Emannuel Ceysson’s debut CD, Divertissements à la française, was released in 2005 on Egan Records.