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At the age of twenty five, Hungarian harpist Rita Schindler is establishing a reputation as a notable musician, whose playing has been described as being ‘beguiled with a broad range of colours’. She has given solo and chamber music recitals for a wide range of audiences and has provided entertainment for British and foreign royalty including HRH the Prince of Wales. Rita has performed professionally in and in front of numerous orchestras, in Britain and across Europe, working with the highly acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Chamber Orchestra, Central England Ensemble, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Thallein Ensemble, Sinfonia of Birmingham to mention a few.
Rita began to sing and play the piano at the age of eight. At twelve she was accepted in the Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School, in Budapest, where she later began her harp studies at the age of fourteen. During her early years she won National Choir Competitions and sang in Gregorian Festivals around Europe, and in 2004 she was a prize-winner at the Hungarian National Harp Competition. In 2005 Rita continued her harp studies, at Saint Steven Conservatoire with Katalin Nagy.
Rita began her undergraduate harp studies in 2007 with Catherine White at Birmingham Conservatoire, where was awarded a scholarship. During her undergraduate years, Rita played with many symphony orchestras and ensembles around the West Midlands, and became a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's youth orchestra. In 2008 Rita was selected to be a Young Artist of the Royal Philharmonic Society and also became a recipient of the Sir John Barbirolli award. In 2010 Rita won first prize with distinction in the chamber music competition at the North London Festival of Music and Drama, and in 2012 she won the Concerto Competition of the Central England Ensemble.
Rita has played in master-classes with renowned harpists including Caryl Thomas, Isabelle Perrin, Elinor Bennett, Karen Vaughan, Gabriella Dall'Olio, Skaila Kanga, Milda Agazarian, Irina Zingg, Robert Johnston, Bryn Lewis, Helen Tunstall and Sioned Williams.
Alongside her flourishing professional career, Rita is currently earning her Artist Masters in Performance, on a part time basis, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, under the guidance of Imogen Barford.
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