Alexis Colner, harp

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How did you choose your instrument?

My dad was a classically trained percussionist so I always knew I would play one instrument or another. I had always wanted to play the cello after seeing a string quartet at a wedding my parents took me to. But then, once we moved to the Netherlands when I was 4, my dad and I used to drive past a little music store with folk harps in the window on the way to school every morning. So, when I turned 5 and my parents finally thought I was old enough to start taking music lessons, I told them I wanted to play the harp.

What piece are you most excited to play?

I am incredibly excited to play Mahler 5 this season. I love all the Mahler symphonies but #5 has this incredible harp feature in the 4th movement and it is so much fun to play.

What have you learned from AYS so far? hoping to gain in the future?

So far I think I have learned a level of professionalism and accountability. When I first became a member it was made clear that I was expected to always have my parts covered and be ready to go from the first rehearsal. While definitely an adjustment, I realized fairly quickly that this high expectation is what helps build a truly incredible ensemble and it is one of the reasons why AYS can create the art that it does. As a continuing member of AYS I hope to gain an ever increasing knowledge of the orchestral repertoire. Having this unique opportunity to gain experience playing these great, standard works has been eye opening for me and I feel incredibly lucky.

Sponsor Alexis Colner