Around the Harp Consorts of W. Lawes
Released for the label Brilliant Classics , the first album of the ensemble Il Caleidoscopio is starring the english composer William Lawes and his Harp Consorts. The instruments employed are the violin , the viola da gamba , the theorbo and the harp, respectively played by Lathika Vithanage , Noelia Reverte Reche , Michele Pasotti and Flora Papadopoulos . The ensemble performs a large selection of these pieces , together with a few other pieces by composers such as William Byrd , John Dowland , John Playford , Christopher Simpson and Matthew Locke .
Daniele Caminiti photography
Flora Papadopoulos was born and raised in Athens, where she started to play the harp with Maria Bildea.
After having moved to Italy, she completed her modern harp studies at the Conservatory of Parma with Emanuela Degli Esposti, and from 2008 she dedicated herself to mastering early harps. First she studied with Véronique Musson Gonneaud in Paris, and later, with the assistance of a Marco Fodella Foundation scholarship, Flora pursued her baroque harp master’s degree with Mara Galassi at the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” in Milan.
In 2006 she achieved a bachelor’s degree with honors at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Parma, and later a master’s degree in Musicology from the University La Sorbonne of Paris.
She has worked with Conductors such as R. Alessandrini (Concerto Italiano), O. Dantone (Accademia Bizantina), Ch. Pluhar (L'Arpeggiata), D. Fasolis (I Barocchisti), J. Ch. Spinosi (Ensemble Matheus), L. Garcia Alarcòn (Cappella Mediterranea), Th. Hengelbrock (Balthasar Neumann Choir & Orchestra), G. Capuano (Musiciens du Prince), A. Quarta (Concerto Romano), F. Cera (Ensemble Arte musica), F. Guglielmo (l'Arte dell'arco), M. Steger, A. De Carlo (Mare Nostrum), C. Ipata (Auser Musici), A.Van der Spoel (Musica Temprana), A. Küppers (Il Teatro del Mondo), and many more.
She has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Carnegie Hall of New York, Opéra Garnier of Paris, the Opéra of Versailles, Theater An der Wien of Vienna, Wien Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Megaron of Athens, Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow, Beijing Center of the Performing Arts and many more.
She is part of , an italian ensemble founded by Franco Pavan and with Pino De Vittorio, specialized in the research of lost musical traditions of southern Italy. With them she has recorded ''Occhi Turchini, songs of an island'' and "Ninna Nanna" for Glossa.
With her group, , she has recorded an album around the Harp Consorts by William Lawes, produced by Brilliant Classics.
She has also taken part in many recording projects for Harmonia Mundi, MDG, Brilliant Classics, Glossa, Ricercar.
With Mara Galassi she has a harp duo on historical instruments, exploring the different sonorities of harps in use during the 18th century.
She released for the label Arcana Outhere her first solo album named Unwritten : Bach, Biber, Corelli, Marini from violin to harp.
She currently teaches historical harps at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica O. Respighi of Latina.
Starting September 2022 she has been appointed lecturer for historical harps at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
Apart from her activity as a continuo player in orchestras and big ensembles, Flora likes to carry on some projects that are more personal, collaborating with smaller groups where the harp can express itself in a different way, as a solo or a concertato instrument.
with Andrea Vassalle, harp & violin duo
Laboratorio '600, dir. Franco Pavan
with Riccardo Pisani, tenor, and Ricercare Antico