principal harp

Manon Le Comte

At 11 years of age, harpist Manon Le Comte began studying the harp with Dorothy Weldon-Masella at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, where she obtained a Premier Prix in 1975. She has been principal harp with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for over 35 years and has been teaching at the Montreal Conservatory of Music since 1994. Over the years, she has freelanced mainly in Montreal and Ottawa with a number of orchestras (including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec), in concert and for recordings (radio, television, records), and also with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne for tours in Canada, the United States and Europe. In addition, she has participated in a number of concerts as a chamber musician and soloist with various groups of musicians and several choirs. She has also been invited to adjudicate exams and competitions, such as the Canadian Music Competition, MSO Competition and Académie de musique du Québec. In December 2013, she produced her first solo and chamber music CD, "Au fil des cordes", in collaboration with the violonist Olivier Thouin.