Winner of the 2019 Trinity Laban Soloists’ Competition, 20-year-old Noelia Cotuna has been awarded numerous prizes at various international competitions. These include the 88th Concurso Permanente JM in Spain and the EMCY Prize, North London Camac Harp Competition and ‘Suoni d’Arpa’ International Harp Contest.
Since August 2019, Noelia has been a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where she currently works under the guidance of harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet. An experienced orchestral player, she has performed and toured extensively under the baton of renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim.
Noelia is in high demand as a soloist and has been featured at the Proms at St Jude’s Festival in London, Harp on Wight Festival, Rassegna dell’Arpa Viggianese, and frequently enjoys playing solo recitals for a large and varied range of audiences. Equally at home as a chamber musician, she performs with various ensembles
around Europe and has appeared at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Cadogan Hall in London, and the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid.
She made her concerto debut in 2016 alongside the Orchestra of Valencia, and notable solo performances include Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto as part of Madrid Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Proyecto Talentos’ and H. Renié’s Harp Concerto in C minor with Trinity Laban’s Symphony Orchestra in London.
Born in Spain, Noelia started learning the harp at the age of six and two years later began her studies with Ana Martínez at the Professional Conservatoire of Music of Valencia. She completed her studies there in 2016, obtaining Music Prizes in Harp and Chamber Music, and the Scholarship Prize of the RSEAPV.
She recently graduated with a first class Bachelor in Music with Honours from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she studied with Professor Gabriella Dall’Olio and Frances Kelly. She was also awarded the 2019 John Marson Harp Prize for Outstanding Musicianship and was generously supported as a Gladys Bratton, Rosamund Mott, AIE Spain and Trinity College London Scholar.
Her most recent awards include the Director’s Prize of Excellence in Strings and Certificate of Excellence Prize for 2019/20 from Trinity Laban, and the Musician’s Company Silver Medal 2020. Currently Noelia is studying for her Masters at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, with harpist Marion Ravot.
Award: Silver Medal, Trinity Laban 2020
Page updated 18 December 2020