The CMP is delighted to report that Hebe Kan, a first year music student at Trinity College, has won first prize in the UK Harp Competition 2024.

Hebe, who took up the harp at the age of four, is actively involved with the Centre for Music Performance, holding the Principal Harp position in the Cambridge University Orchestra as well as an Instrumental Award for Chamber Music. Her next CMP performance will see her performing alongside the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus (CUSC) and members of the Helsinki Music Centre Choir at their summer concert on June 15.

Hebe Kan, first year music student and winner of the UK Harp Competition 2024

Speaking to Trinity College about her win, Hebe said: “It is such a huge shock and honour to be awarded first prize in the UK Harp Competition, as it is the foremost harp competition in the UK for young professional harpists under the age of 30, with prizes including three recitals in the coming months around the UK.”

She added: “I had to get through two rounds of competitions up against students from the London conservatories.”

Hebe is a student of the renowned harpist Skaila Kanga, Professor Emeritus at the Royal Academy of Music.

Simon Fairclough, director of the CMP, said: “Huge congratulations to Hebe on winning such a prestigious award. The CMP is thrilled to have been able to support her in a small way during her time so far at Cambridge, and we are very much looking forward to her performance with the Symphony Chorus and our guest singers from Finland next month.”

Those interested in seeing Hebe in action are warmly invited to attend the concert on June 15, at Great St. Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge. The programme includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and works by Stanford, Sibelius, Caroline Shaw, Verdi, Brahms and Tippett.

For more information, please visit our event page and for tickets, click here.