Harpist COLINE-MARIE ORLIAC hails from Antibes, France. She recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Judy Loman and Elizabeth Hainen. She received a Bachelor of Music degree and was awarded the Joan Hutton Landis Award for Excellence in Academics. In December 2009, she was invited to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi and in July 2009 she was a harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Simon Rattle at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In 2008 Ms. Orliac was a prize-winner of the Concours International de Harpe de la Cité des Arts de Paris and was awarded a special prize for the best performance of Damase’s “Thème and Variations.” While at Curtis, she participated in master classes with María-Luisa Rayan, Isabelle Perrin, Yolanda Kondonassis, Gretchen van Hoesen, and Lionel Party, and she performed in a concert sponsored by the Philadelphia Harp Society. In 2006 Ms. Orliac was invited by Claudio Abbado to tour Europe with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Nice, and for the Spivakov Festival in Moscow. At the Seventh and Tenth USA International Harp Competition, she was a top prize winner and was twice awarded the Mario Falcao Prize for best performance. Prior to entering Curtis, Ms. Orliac studied at the Nice Conservatoire, receiving two diplomas of musical studies and first prizes in harp and piano. She has also studied with Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche; Judith Liber, former principal harp of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Isabelle Moretti from the Paris Conservatoire; Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harp of the Berlin Philharmonic; and with Susann McDonald and Elzbieta Szmyt at Indiana University.