PAULINE HAAS (b 1992 )
Half French and half Uruguayan, Pauline Haas was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1992 and began harp studies at Strasbourg Conservatoire aged eight. In 2007 she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, completing her studies a year early in 2011. At 13 she won first prize at the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition and the prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work—the only French harpist to receive such an accolade. In 2012 Pauline Haas was named Best Solo Instrumental Newcomer on the French TV show Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Pauline Haas performs more than 60 concerts a year in 30 countries, as well as giving masterclasses. As a soloist with orchestra she has performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Barbican in London. She has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Tokyo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York and Montevideo. Pauline Haas has also created unique ensembles with Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot, glass harmonica, Cristal Baschet), Leandro Marziotte (countertenor), Rafael Angster (bassoon), and the Trio Amadeus (with Thomas Bloch and flautist Marc Grauwels). Pauline Haas’s large repertoire extends from the Baroque to songs and film music; she has written numerous transcriptions; and more than a dozen new works have been dedicated to her, among them Michèle Reverdy’s Quintet. She has worked with other arts forms including theatre and painting, and toured in a show for David Lynch. She is involved in various humanitarian and social projects and is a representative of El Sistema in Alsace and Uruguay. Pauline Haas performs using a wide variety of harps.
This album is dedicated to the memory of Martine Bursztejn Poirier. Pauline Haas would like to thank Ana Reverdito Haas, Jean Haas, Martine Gilliet, Guy Struber, Thomas Bloch Haas, Dimitri Scapolan, Alexis Galperine and Martine Morris.