Biography (Cette page est également disponible en français)
"Word Class Harpist" Harp Column Magazine - Alison Young
"Brilliant" Ottawa Citizen - Richard Todd
"Outstanding" Musical Toronto - Robin Elliott
"Close to Magical" Classical Music Sentinel
Caroline Léonardelli concert harpist and
recording artist is a renowned soloist, chamber musician, and
teacher. Caroline’s solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO
Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or
small ensemble. Her latest solo recording Impressions de France
has been selected by Apple Music editors as one of ten harp recordings
worldwide for their feature on the instrument.
Caroline has been described as a “World Class Harpist” in Harp Column
Magazine, and her live performances have been reviewed as “Brilliant”
and “Outstanding”. Reviews of Caroline’s Impressions de
France recording: “What she brings or adds to the music at hand, to any
piece she plays, is close to magical” “She sees beyond the notes and
recreates what the composer had in mind” Classical Music Sentinel. "It
is her artistic sense of pacing and of shaping melodies within cascades
of notes that help make these performances commanding." WholeNote
Magazine. "This is a French album for me like no other", "warm
touch, coupled with an articulate technique" "thoughtfully chosen
and laid-out repertoire, filled with surprises and all masterfully
presented" Harp Column Magazine. Caroline has released six
recordings on her own label and has a worldwide digital distribution
agreement with NAXOS
Caroline’s recordings and live performances have been featured on CBC
Radio, NPR Classical 24 network and Classical stations throughout the
USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Caroline’s live radio performances
include interviews and performances on PBS/NPR radio’s Backstage Pass
series. Recently Caroline was featured on CBC National Radio show
In Concert performing at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto in solo
performance and with the Afiara String Quartet.
Recent performances by Caroline include Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital
Hall), Leith Summer Festival, Music Niagara, Indian River Festival
(P.E.I.), Music and Beyond Festival, Women’s Musical Club of Toronto,
Festival of the Sound, Prince Edward County Festival, Ottawa
International Chamber Festival. In addition to solo performances
Caroline performs with mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, organist Matthew
Larkin, in harp duo and quartet, and with string ensembles.
Born in France, Caroline graduated with first prize in harp from the
Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Jacqueline Borot at the age
of 18. After arriving in Canada Caroline completed an Artist Diploma at
McGill University School of Music. During her youth, Caroline studied
in France with Lily Laskine, one of the most celebrated harpists of the
Choral work is a passion for Caroline. She has performed a wide range
of repertoire with numerous choral ensembles. The 2005 Evergreen Wishes
CBC produced concert of the Ottawa Children's Choir, featuring Caroline
performing John Rutter's Dancing Day received a Gabriel Award.
Caroline’s private harp class has developed some of Canada’s finest
young harpists including graduates from Eastman and Yale.
Caroline’s former students were principal harpist with the National
Youth Orchestra for five consecutive years. Caroline’s students
have attained national recognition including Antoine Malette-Chenier
who recently received the Canada Council Michael Measures Prize.
Caroline founded and ran for 20 years the harp ensemble program at the
Ottawa Youth Orchestra, which at the time was the largest in Canada.