Coline-Marie Orliac


The brilliant young French musician Coline-Marie Orliac has already achieved international acclaim and wide-spread recognition as an accomplished artist of prodigious talents.  Slovenian newspaper, Dnevnik, applauds her “determination and awe-inspiring musicality.” The Philadelphia City Paper raves on “a recent live performance… that displayed textures so vivid that the music seems physically palpable.” The Philadelphia Inquirer concludes, “One doesn't think of the harp as a passion-accommodating instrument, but as played by Coline-Marie Orliac, it is.”

Born in 1989 in Paris, France, Ms. Orliac began her music studies at age 5. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Fontan Binoche, she acquired the harp only two years later. She subsequently studied in Marseille and Paris under Marielle Nordmann while earning diplomas in both Harp Performance and Piano Performance at the National Conservatory in Nice, France. Invited by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, she continued her harp studies in the US before receiving master classes under Susan McDonald at Indiana University. After studying privately with the esteemed harpist Judith Liber, she accepted an invitation to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and completed her studies with principal harp professors, Elizabeth Hainen and Judy Loman. There Ms. Orliac became the honorable recipient of the L. Daniel Dannenbaum Fellowship. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 bestowed with the Joan Hutton Landis Award for Excellence in Academics.

Ever since then Coline-Marie Orliac has enjoyed enormous success as the winner of numerous prestigious international competitions. Elite and world-renown judging panels from Russia, Japan, USA and Europe have awarded Ms. Orliac prizes in prestigious competitions including the USA International Harp Competition, the Concours International de Harpe de la Cité des Arts de Paris, or the Vera Dulova Harp Competition held Moscow, Russia.

As an incredibly active and sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Orliac has performed at the Festival de Musique in St. Barthélemy, the Newport Music Festival in the United States, the Festival Slowind in Ljubjana, Slovenia; the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Athens, Greece; the Festival d’Aix-en Provence, France; the Spivakov Festival in Moscow, Russia; the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam; and was invited to perform on the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage, throughout the Mediterranean.  In 2011, violinist Maxim Vengerov invited Ms. Orliac to join the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Festival de Musique de Menton, where she performed Ravel’s notably formidable, Tzigane, with Mr. Vengerov.

She adds to a fantastic repertoire of performing at major venues around the world including the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach. In 2006, Coline-Marie Orliac was invited by Maestro Claudio Abbado to join the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra on their European tour.  This past July 2015, she was invited to perform as a guest harp soloist at the Gwangju Music Festival in South Korea.

Now Ms. Orliac works fastidiously to expand a growing recording career. She  has very recently released a CD for the Naxos Label, performing her USA International Competition prize winning piece written by Chiayu Hsu. She plans for future recording projects with esteemed trombone soloist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos.

Coline-Marie Orliac is indeed an insatiable musician, relentlessly pushing herself to find new ways of expressing her artistry. Balancing the demands of an international harp career, Ms. Orliac has found her voice in Vienna, Austria, where she currently resides. You can find her attending private vocal lessons while pursuing her active harp career.

Coline-Marie Orliac plays on a Lyon&Healy Concert Grand harp.

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Short Profile

NameOrliac, Coline-Marie
Born inFrance, Europe
Main languageFrench
Additional languages English,  German,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesThe Curtis Institute of Music