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Lucia Bova
Lucia Bova - Biography


Heinz Holliger, Sequenzen über Johannes I, 32 1993
© Schott Music GmbH

Instrument: Harp
After completing her musical studies in Italy at a young age, Lucia Bova studied for two years in Nice, France, at the Conservatoire where she was presented with a diploma in harp performance, gaining the 1990 "Premier Prix à l'Unanimité". At the same time, she was first harpist with the Orchestra "A. Scarlatti" of National Broadcasting Radio (RAI) in Naples from 1989 to 1992, and from 1994 to 1996 she was first harpist with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna "Arturo Toscanini" in Parma, also appearing in Parma as soloist with the Teatro Regio.
In 1995 she published for Italian revue Sonus the article (in collaboration with Graziano Tisato at the University of Padova) La Faccia nascosta dell'arpa: un percorso nello spazio timbrico delle nuove tecniche esecutive. Since then she has worked with a variety of ensembles in the performance of contemporary music, including: l'Ex-Novo Ensemble of Venice, l'Ensemble Alter Ego and the soloists of the Accademia Filarmonica of Rome. Actually she plays with the Polimnia Ensemble, not only interested in rediscovering traditional authors and repertories but also in performing some italian contemporary composers such as Clementi, Bussotti, Pennisi and Macchi.
She has appeared as soloist in a number of concerts, specializing in the performance of new music in Italy: La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Romaeuropa Festival e Festival of Nuova Consonanza in Rome, X Colloquio Internazionale sulla Musica e l'Informatica of Milan, Incontri in Terra di Siena, Rassegna di Nuova Musica of Macerata, Festival of New Music with ancient instruments in Urbino, Festival of Nations in Città di Castello.
She has also appeared as soloist in recitals in France (Paris, Nice and Figanières en Provence), Germany (Norimberg, Sindelfingen, Iserlhon and Ludwigsburg), Canada (Montreal) and United States (Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Detroit, New York).
She has made recordings on the BMG, EDI-Pan, Capstone, Neuma, Valdom and Label Bleu labels, including pieces for solo harp and harp with other instruments. She has also recorded solos harp written especially for her by Ennio Morricone. With the Polimnia Ensemble she recorded a CD dedicated to 19th century Russian music which was included in the journal "Musicalia". As soloist actually she is recording a CD entirely dedicated to 18th century music for harp, including unknown or rare works originally written for that instrument.
Updated to 03/2009