Caroline Léonardelli

Ottawa, Canada: Classical Harpist


Ottawa, Canada: Classical Harpist


A native of south western France with a musical heritage Caroline graduated with first prize in harp from the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Jacqueline Borot at the age of 18. During her youth Caroline studied with Lily Laskine, one of the most celebrated harpists of the 20th century. Caroline moved to Canada where she received further degrees at the McGill University School of Music in Montréal.

Caroline has been invited to perform as a soloist and in ensemble at major festivals and orchestras throughout Canada. Caroline’s recordings have received exceptional critical acclaim in many classical music publications including Gramophone magazine. Her latest, “El Dorado,” featuring 20th century French repertoire received a Juno award nomination for Classical Album of the Year placing Caroline in an exclusive group of only a handful of exceptional Canadian musicians.

Critical Highlights

"Léonardelli’s sensitive voicing and phrasing in Songs of Nymphs sets the interpretive standard. .... Léonardelli’s tremendous interpretive ability is matched by astonishing engineering and production." "Six out of six stars" The Music Scene

“‘El Dorado’ displays not only her remarkable musicianship, but also the harp’s various personalities.” The Classical Music Sentinel

“The highlight of the performance was undoubtedly Léonardelli’s achingly ethereal playing of the Interlude. That movement was worth the price of admission by itself.” “She’s a real treasure” Richard Todd Ottawa Citizen

"An exceptionally scintillating performance." The WholeNote Magazine

Proposed Topics

French harp composers of the 20th Century

Performance of harp repertoire from French composers including:
Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Herri Büsser, Marcel Tournier, Guy Ropartz, Gabriel Fauré, Marcel Grandjany among others. Caroline introduces each piece by providing background on the composers, style of composition, and circumstances surrounding the music. Focus of the repertoire is on the French Impressionistic Period.

History of the harp and life at the Paris Conservatoire for Harp

Caroline gives insight into the life of a student in Paris at the Paris Conservatoire. Caroline describes the professors of harp at the Conservatoire over its history and their contributions including Alponse Hasselmans, Marcel Tournier, Lily Laskine, and Jacqueline Borot. There is a specific French method of harp technique / French school of harp and Caroline provides a description and demonstration of its uniqueness. Caroline takes interactive questions from the audience regarding the design and history of the instrument.


Please contact directly
Preference to arrange several dates in a tour format


$500-$600 depending on repertoire selection, accommodation on date of performance

Technical Requirements

Acoustic performance stage

Contact person

Caroline Léonardelli


2149 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1H 7L7




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