Concert harpist and recording artist Caroline Léonardelli is a renowned soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Caroline’s solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or small ensemble. Her second solo recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple Music editors for their feature worldwide on the instrument, featuring ten harpists. Caroline’s recently released Serenata has received exceptional critical acclaim.
Born in France, 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 in France with Lily Laskine, one of the most celebrated harpists of the 20th century. After arriving in Canada Caroline completed an Artist Diploma at McGill University School of Music.
Caroline’s recordings and live performances have been featured on CBC Radio, NPR Classical 24 network and Classical stations throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her live radio performances include interviews and performances on PBS/NPR radio’s Backstage Pass series.
Caroline received a Canada Council for the Arts Mid Career Award for program development with Kathleen Bride at the Eastman School of Music. The Evergreen Wishes CBC produced concert of the Ottawa Children’s Choir, featuring Caroline performing John Rutter’s Dancing Day received a Gabriel Award.
Caroline has been described as a “World Class Harpist” in Harp Column Magazine, and her live performances have been reviewed as “Brilliant” and “Outstanding”. Caroline’s latest recording Serenata was reviewed by Remy Franck in his Pizzicato publication where he noted, “Serenata is one of the most beautiful harp CDs I have ever heard, and it will melt every heart.”