Nov. 22/2023

Baabdath – New Church
Wednesday November 22, 2023 – 8 pm

No Reservations/No Tickets
Seating: first-come first-served basis
Age limit: Above 7 years old
Doors Open at 7:15 pm

Free Transport by bus: Beirut-Baabdath-Beirut
To book you seat, call:
01 389 389 – 70 48 46 40




MARCEL GRANDJANY (1891 – 1975)
Colorado trail
HENRIETTE RENIÉ (1875 – 1956)
Danse des lutins

NINO ROTA (1911 – 1979)
Sarabanda e toccata

Rondeau ‘Zitti, Zitti’

BEDRICH SMETANA (1824 – 1884)
The Moldau arr. Hans Trnecek


Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, arr. Josh Layne

FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886)
Liebestraum, arr. Henriette Renié

WILHELM POSSE (1852 – 1925)
Carnaval in Venice

Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s Opera ‘Eugene Onegin’


Joel von Lerber is one of the leading harpists of his generation and is a frequent soloist with orchestras all around the world such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Izmir Sinfony Orchestra in Turkey, the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Mexico City Symphonic Orchestra and with the Orchestra Zrbranksa in Poland. He also performed with the Thüringer Symphoniker, the Brandenburger Symphoniker, the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern, the Berner Kammerorchester, the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden and the Orchestre de chambre de Fribourg.

At the age of six, Joel von Lerber began to take harp lessons at the Music Conservatory of Bern, Switzerland. He was taught by Nathalie Chatelain and Simon Bilger. He began his academic studies in 2009 at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland with Prof. Sarah O’Brien and gained his Bachelor of Arts in Music with honours in June 2012. In September 2012 he took up his studies for Master of Performance at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, Switzerland with Prof. Sarah O’Brien and gained a Master of Performance with honours in June 2014. In September 2014 he took up studies for Master of Music at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany with Prof. Maria Graf and gained a Master of Music with honours in June 2016. In September 2016 he continued his studies for the concert exam with Prof. Maria Graf and graduated in May 2019 with honours. His final exam in May 2019 was also his debut as a soloist with the Konzerthausorchester in the Konzerthaus of Berlin.

Joel received additional artistic guidance from different renowned harpists like Prof. Helga Storck, Isabelle Moretti, Jana Bouskova, Xavier de Maistre and from pianist Pavlin Nechev.

In 2008, he won the first prize and a special prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition. In 2011 he was a first prize winner at the International Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung Harp Contest. In November 2012 he was awarded the highly prestigious grant of the Migros Culture Foundation. In 2013 he won the 1st prize and Audience Award at the Louis Spohr Competition in Germany, a prize at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington and won again the highly doted Grant of the Migros Culture Foundation. In February 2014 he won a prestigious grant of DAAD for studies in Berlin, Germany, which has been renewed yearly. In September 2014 he participated in the Golden Harp Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and won a 3rd prize. In September 2015 he participated in the Michal Spisak International Music Competition in Dabrowa Gornicza (PL) and won a 2nd prize and the special prize from the orchestra. In November 2017 he won the 2nd prize at 5th Mexico International Harp Competition.

Joel gained additional experience as an orchestra player with the Kammerorchester Bern, with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, with the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival Orchestra, with the l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, with the Sinfonia Varsovia, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, with the Staatstheater Braunschweig, with the Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck and with musicAeterna under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.


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