Experienced and versatile freelance harpist based in London, England and Porto, Portugal.
Zita Silva is a talented Portuguese harpist who has performed widely in all the most prestigious venues in Portugal and broadcast live for the national classical music radio station. Her performances also include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Harp on Wight Festival and at the Proms at St. Jude’s Music Festival, in England. Zita is a winner of the Guy Magrath Harp Prize, the Casa da Musica Prize, the Yamaha prize and an International prize winner in the Camac Harp Competition in London and the International Harp Competition in Szeged. She has also won the Young Musicians Awards in Portugal in the category of chamber music. Zita has also been a Finalist at the Patrons Awards, Royal Academy of Music, London. She is passionate about chamber music and working closely in small ensembles which has led her to establish several groups such as her duo with tenor Kieran White, Portucale Trio with flute and viola, 94Strings Duo with harpist Glain Dafydd and a duo with violinist Beatriz Rola. She has been invited to play with numerous orchestras including the Orquestra Gulbenkian, the Royal Orchestral Society, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomsbury Opera Orchestra, and the Academy Symphony Orchestra, working with prestigious conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pedro Neves, Christopher Warren-Green, Manuel Lopez-Gomez and Eugene Corporon. She has also toured Portugal with the Orquestra XXI with emerging conductor Dinis Sousa and the Estágio Gulbenkian Orquestra under the baton of conductor Joana Carneiro. Zita graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2015 and with a Master of Arts with Distinction in 2017 under tutelage of Professor Karen Vaughan and Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga, supported with a scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Santander Universities UK and the Golden Charitable Trust.
Classical Prelude no.1 - Bach The Swan - Saint-Saëns Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel Traditional Bridal March - Wagner Wedding March - Mendelssohn Canon in D - Pachelbel Ave Maria - Gounod Ave Maria - Shubert Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach Greensleeves (Traditional) Claire de Lune - Debussy Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven Film & Musicals When you wish upon a star (Pinocchio) My prince will come (Snow White) Glasgow love theme (Love Actually) Over the rainbow (Wizard of Oz) I dreamed a dream (Les Miserables) Bring him home (Les Miserables) Memory (Cats) The music of the night (Phantom of the opera) My favourite things (The Sound of Music) Don't cry for me Argentina (Avita) A thousand years (Twilight Saga) Pop & Contemporary One Call Away - Charlie Puth Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Marry You - Bruno Mars All of Me - John Legend Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol ...(Other contemporary songs) Hey Jude - Beatles Yesterday - Beatles Let it be - Beatles ...(All Beatles' songs) Morning has broken - Cat Stevens ... Jazz Ain't misbehavin' Autumn Leaves Fly me to the moon My funny Valentine Misty Moon river ... (This list contains only some of the pieces in my repertoire list)
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