Bio

SHORT BIO

Gloria Denise Zurru is a professional harpist, concert performer, professor of lever and classic harp, music and vocal technique education. Graduated with full marks at the First and Second Cycle in High Education - 7th EQF LEVEL Master Degree (Harp).  International competition and scholarship winner. From 2018 to 2020 she worked as a music vocal teacher for the School Activities Office at Teatro Regio of Torino (Opera House). Since 2019 she has collaborated with the record label Edizioni Monocroma founded by the maestro Francisco Orsini. Since 2021 she works for the Music Association Europa InCanto.

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FULL BIO

Education & Training

At the age of four she began her musical education at the Civic Music School of Moncalieri (Turin). At the age of five she started celtic harp lessons with Marina Bonetti (Milan). She continued her studies at Il Classico Music School with Chiara Granata (harp) and Maestro Carlo De Martini (chamber music) where she also attended music theory, singing and theatre lessons. On March 2015, she graduated with full marks at the First level Academic Degree at the Paganini Conservatory of Genoa where she continued her studies first with Maria Elena Bovio and later with Elena Manuela Cosentino.On March 2019, she graduated with full marks at the Second Level Academic Degree (Harp - Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Parma under the guidance of Emanuela Degli Esposti. She also acquired 24 credits in anthropo-psycho-pedagogical field and didactic methodologies and technologies, necessary for Music Teachers according to the law 107/2015...

Label Recordings

Since 2019 she has been collaborating with the record label Edizioni Monocroma founded by Maestro Francisco Orsini. In the same year she has deposited the Album: Il mistero del mare at SIAE ( Italian Association of Artists and publishers) in collaboration with Antonio Nasca and Francisco Orsini

Concert Career

She performed at the Teatro Carlo Felice (Opera House) and the Royal Palace of Genoa (Italy), the Glazunov Concert Hall in St.Petersburg (Russia), the Auditorium de la Maison dans la Vallèe in Fontainebleau (France), the Rhein-Main-Theater in Niedernhausen (Germany), the Schwabenlandhalle in Fellbach (Germany) and in many other events as a soilist, chamber and orchestral musician (Milan, Villa Arconati (Mi), Villa Medici Giulini (Milan), Como, Cagliari, Pula, Torin, Carmagnola, Lake Orta, Royal Palace (Genoa), Barbi’s Headquarter (Genoa), Florence, Parma, Bologna, Alessandria, Sanremo, Lucern, Lavagna (La Spezia), Grasse (Nice)…

Professor 

Since 2013 she gives face-to-face and online lessons. On May 2016 she presented some of her harp students during the music festival Arpissima (La Spezia) organized by Salvi Harps. From 2018 to 2020 she worked as a music teacher at the School Activities Office at Teatro Regio of Turin where she led vocal/ instrumental/ theatrical music workshops within the Opera House or schools (kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school). She also gave vocal lessons for the white voices choirs that performed during the musical events designed for young students. In 2020 she worked with the capacity building project Regio Digital Board. Since June 2020 she is teaching music, vocal and choral technique at the Relevè dance school of Torino. During summer 2020 she attended two educational courses offered by the publishing house Euroedizioni (Torino srl) aimed for training teachers for national public competitions (educational legislation, psychology and pedagogy) under the guidance of Dr. Vittorio Venuti, Maria Chiara Grigiante, Rocco Callà and Loredana De Simone. Since 2021 she works for the Music Association Europa InCanto...

Awards and prizes

1st prize winner (harp) -International Competition, Jupiter Company (Cogoleto, 2009); 1st prize winner (harp); XXI "Riviera della Versilia" International Competition (Viareggio, 2012); Winner of the regional selection and finalist in the National Competition “Young Talents of Music” VII edition, Soroptimist International of Italy (Florence, 2013); Finalist in the International Harp Contest and Festival “Suoni d’Arpa” (Saluzzo, 2016); Finalist in the ORER’s music auditions at the Auditorium del Carmine (Parma, 2019)…

Masterclasses and Musical Seminars 

Harp: 2010 Milan -  Masterclass with Bernard Andrès, compositor and harpist; 2013 Grasse (Nice) - Masterclass with Alessandra Magrini, harp teacher at the Conservatory of Grasse; 2014 Genoa - Masterclass with Christophe Truant, harp teacher at the Conservatory of Lyon; 2016 Briosco (Milan) - Masterclass with Emanuela Degli Esposti, harp teacher at the Conservatory of Music A. Boito of Parma and Ieuan Jones, harp teacher at the Royal College of Music of London; 2016 Bologna - Study Conference about the historical harp repertoire edited by the Music Association  Ch. R. N. Bochsa and the Italian Harp Association; 2017 Parma - Masterclass - Orchestra excerpts and solo (harp) with Laura Papeschi, harp professor at the Music Institute L. Boccherini (Lucca) and harpist at the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa); 2017 Torino - Workshop of South American improvisations, musical languages and rhythms with Lincoln Almada;  2017 Torino - Seminar with Maestro Emmanuel Ceysson;  2017 Torino - Masterclass with Letizia Belmondo; 2017 Briosco (Milan) - Masterclass with Emanuela Degli Esposti and Ieuan Jones; 2017 Parma - Practical harmony and arrangement for Harp. Workshop with Marcella Carboni at the A. Boito Conservatory; 2018 Masterclass with Ernestine Stoop, harp teacher at the Royal Collage of Music in Hague and at the Fontys High School of Music in Tilburg; 2019 Parma - Seminar with Lorenzo Montez, ‘L’arpa e la sua pratica esecutiva storicamente informata’...

Educational: 2020 Torin -  Publishing House Euroedizioni (Torino srl), 2 educational courses for training teachers for national public competitions (educational legislation, psychology and pedagogy) under the guidance of Dr. Vittorio Venuti, Maria Chiara Grigiante, Rocco Callà and Loredana De Simone

Marketing: 2020 Torin - Capacity Building education; Regio Digital Board (BAM! Cultural Strategies & Teatro Regio); 2020 Torin - Workshop with Alessandro Bollo, director of the Fondazione Polo del '900; 2021 Torin, Music Marketing Course with Emmanuele Macaluso, speaker and professional marketing and communications expert...

Teaching areas and competencies: Lever or Pedal Harp, Preparatory Music, Music Education, Ear Training, Music History, Music Theory…

Languages: English, Italian and Spanish