I am completely astonished by this musician
Jean-Pierre Derrien /
France Musique

An intense musician who, in spite of her youth,
breathes with her harp

Lionel Esparza / France Musique


Pauline Haas - harpe


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Pauline Haas - harpe

     PAULINE HAAS was born in 1992 in Strasbourg, France, and now shares her time between her birthplace and Paris. Attracted at an early age by the performing arts, she initially hesitated between the clavichord, the ondes Martenot, the cymbalom and the harp, before settling on the latter. At eight years of age, she entered the Strasbourg Conservatory, where, in addition to studying her instrument of choice, she received a well rounded musical education in analysis, improvisation, chamber music, etc.

     At the age of 13, she was awarded the First Prize in the Concours International Lily Laskine Junior, as well as the Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Aubade by Nicolas Bacri). She remains to this day the only French harpist to have won this competition.  On the same year, she gave her first concert as a soloist with orchestra, conducting herself. In 2006 she received the Third Prize at the Competition International de Lille. She has also been singled out for distinctions by organizations such as the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens, the Fondation Emily Porter, the Académie des Marches de l’Est, the Fondation Alsace, etc. She is endorsed by Fondation Safran pour la Musique.

      In March 2007, Pauline was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, in harp and chamber music. She finished her studies by obtaining, with a year’s advance, her Master 2 (mention très bien, the equivalent of the former Premier Prix du Conservatoire de Paris).

    In 2012, she was named as one of the three Révélation Soliste Instrumental at Victoires de la Musique Classique (equivalent of classical Grammy Awards on the French National Television).


Pauline Haas when she was 14 years old

april 2006 - recital in Paris Conservatoire
Liebestod - Iseult - Isolde's death - video

     Pauline gave her first recital at the age of 12 and now plays solo, in chamber music formations or with orchestral accompaniment in more than 80 concerts per year. She has performed as soloist at Berlin Philharmonie, at  the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, at the Barbican Concert Hall in London, in Japan, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland, in South America, United States (New York, Los Angeles...) and all over Europe.

     She plays with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (
see video), with the Orchestra of the Radio of Uruguay, the SIstema Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Metz, Lviv Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Ofunam Orchestra, Graz philharmonic orchestra...She has been invited to play for the King and Queen of Sweden, for Bugatti cars and various private events. She has given recitals at the Festival de Besançon, at the "Folle Journée" (Nantes, Biwako, Tokyo), at the "Journées de la Harpe" in Arles, at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Colmar (Les Musicales), at the Festival les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn (directed by Jérôme Pernoo), at the Concours International des Harpes Salvi, at the Festival des Harpes Camac, at Harpe en Avesnois, on tour extensively in France for AJAM (Amis des Jeunes Artistes Musiciens), with Jean-François Zygel in Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

From 2013 to 2016, she tours in a show called "onde et lyres", produced by Jeunesses Musicales de France (JMF), in duet with Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot, Matryomin, waterphone...). She regularly appears on television and radio and gives masterclasses. Through her music Pauline has become deeply involved in a number of humanitarian projects benefiting medicine and social causes, particularly those involving children. She is a godmother for the Sistema in Uruguay and in Alsace (France).

Pauline Haas - harpe

     The enriching human interactions implicit in chamber music have nurtured Pauline’s interest in this art form and have led her to form four ensemble : with Thomas Bloch (ondes Martenot, glassharmonica, cristal Baschet), with counter-tenor Leandro Marziotte to form the duo Ave Lyra, with bassoon virtuoso Rafaël Angster to for the Duo Volveran and with Thomas Bloch (glassharmonica) and Marc Grauwels (flute) to form the Trio Amadeus.

     She has teamed up in a show for David Lynch, also with the oboists
Ramon Ortega Quero, Philippe Tondre, with the pianists Jean-François Zygel, Jérôme Ducros, Jean-Marie Panterne, with the clarinetists Dimitri Ashkenazy, Sharon Kam, Florent Héau, Florent Charpentier, the violinists Amiram Ganz, Alexis Galperine, Ana Reverdito Haas, the viola players Benjamin Beck, Gérard Caussé, Claude Ducrocq, Herbert Kefer (Quatuor Artis), Jacques Dupriez, Manuel Vioque Judde, Nils Mönkemeyer, Jean Haas, the flutists Philippe Bernold, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Anna Besson, the cellists Yan Levionnois, Danjulo Ishizaka, Jérôme Pernoo, the percussionist Joël Grare, the trumpettist Médéric Collignon, the tenor Cyrille Dubois, the beatbox world champion Tioneb, the multi-instrumentist David Coulter, the Maîtrise de Paris (cond. Patrick Marco), the comedians Coline Serreau, Aline Martin, Maxime Pacaud, the painter Sauveur Pascual, the Voce Quartet, the Stanislas Quartet, the Debussy Quartet, the Minetti quartet... She has performed under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Marc Albrecht, Fernand Quattrocchi, Jan Latham Koenig, Dirk Kaftan, Patrick Marco...

     Pauline has an extensive repertoire ranging from works of the baroque period to contemporary creations (with and without electronics). She has also explored transcriptions that push the conventional limits of the harp such as the reputably unplayable (until now) Death of Isolda of Wagner in the piano version by Franz Liszt, which has drawn the attention of music lovers and critics for her “total engagement and her charisma”.

Pauline Haas harpe baroque - harpe triple

triple harp (barock)

excerpt - October 2011

Pauline Haas, harp


Pauline Haas, harp

     She is a valued interpreter of contemporary composers such as Michèle Reverdy, Philippe Hersant, Nicolas Bacri and Guillaume Connesson. She participated in the creation of the Oratorio of Détlef Kieffer in November 2010. In 2011, she created a quintet by Michèle Reverdy at the Festival Harpe en Avesnois as well as quintets composed for her by Maurilio Cacciatore, R. Grimaldi, Andrea di Paolo, G. Abinil, M. Liverani, M. Contreras Vasquez and Pasquale Corrado.

     She also tours and record with rock bands and with movie music composers.

Pauline Haas - harpe

Pauline Haas and her classical harp

     Her curiosity has led her to expand her repertoire from ancient music to improvisation and she has herself created numerous arrangements, transcriptions and compositions. Pauline plays the classic harp but also the Celtic harp, the medieval harp, the Baroque harp (triple harp), the Salvi Automatic Harp (permitting chromatisms; only two instruments manufactured), the electo-acoustic harp (with amplification and effects), the Camac midi harp (only two instruments manufactured) and the Paraguayan harp. Pauline has always been interested in the marriage of different art forms and she has conceived and participated in performances mixing theatre and song (she herself sings), instrumental music and other forms of expression, notably in collaboration with the artist Sauveur Pascual and the actor Maxime Pacaud.

    Son nouveau disque, "Der Traümer - Romantic music for harp" qui paraîtra chez Naxos en 2017, sera dédié aux compositeurs romantiques (Mendelssohn, Wagner / Liszt, Tchaïkovski, Thomas, Smetana, Zabel).

    Her new CD,
"Der Traümer - Romantic music for harp" (to appear on Naxos 2017) is dedicated to transcriptions of works by romantic composers including Mendelssohn, Wagner/Liszt, Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Zabel.

english translation by Ken Richards

Pauline Haas - harpe medievale

medieval harp

Pauline Haas - harpe automatique

            automatic harp

Pauline Haas - harpe celtique
celtic harp

midi harp


live recording

Pauline Haas, harp
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
  Conductor : Marc Albrecht

Liebestod - Iseult - Isolde's death - video