Israeli harpist Sivan Magen won the 16th International Harp Contest in Israel following his final round performance of the Henriette Renie Concerto for Harp and Orchestra at the Henri Crown Hall at the Jerusalem Theater.
The International Harp Contest in Israel is one of the world's most prestigious international competitions and is held once every three years in Israel. With 23 participants, France’s Cecile Maudire came in second and Etsuko Chida of Japan came in third.
The First Prize winner, Magen, received a custom made Style 23 Gold Concert Grand Harp valued at $55,000. He will also be invited to play with the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv; will perform at a London Debut Recital; record a CD sponsored by the Victor Salvi Foundation; and play at the ‘Opening Concert’ of the 17th International Harp Contest in Israel in 2009.