Following her solo-debut at age 17 at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the young Austrian harpist Elisabeth Plank has established herself as an internationally sought-after soloist and ambassador for her instrument. She presents the harp as a versatile and exciting instrument, rich in colours and textures, with its unusual repertoire and a broad stylistic spectrum. Her ambition to sharpen and broaden the harp’s profile has added not only musical rediscoveries but also many new compositions to the harp’s repertoire.
Being at home at the stages of the world, Elisabeth Plank has performed in renowned concert halls and festivals in Europa, Japan and Latin America - such as Musikverein Wien, Philharmony Kharkiv, Konzertsaal Gasteig, Musikverein Graz, or MDR Musiksommer. As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras such as Camerata Bohemica Prag, Thüringer Symphoniker, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Barockensemble der Wiener Symphoniker or Wiener KammerOrchester. From 2019 to 2021 Elisabeth Plank has been artist-in-residence of Wiener Konzerthaus as part of the "Great Talent"-series.
Both her solo albums "L'arpa notturna" & "1825 - Echoes of Vienna on Historical Harp" were critically acclaimed: "a thoughtful and beautifully played disc [...] Plank has a real command of light and shade. She's adept at creating musical perspective" (Gramophone). Elisabeth Plank has recorded the harp concerto by G. C. Wagenseil with the Barockensemble der Wiener Symphoniker.
A prizewinner in a number of international competitions in Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan (e.g. Musica Juventutis, Internationaler Reinl-Wettbewerb, Osaka International Music Competition), Elisabeth Plank was honoured with the "Young Celebrity Master"-award of "HarpMasters" in Switzerland in 2014.
Born in Vienna in 1991, she had her first lesson at age seven. Only two years later, Elisabeth Plank was accepted as a preparatory course student at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna where she also concluded her master studies under the tuition of Adelheid Blovsky-Miller with the highest distinction. In further studies she worked with Mirjam Schröder in Vienna and Fabrice Pierre in Brescia.
In the 2020/21 season Elisabeth Plank had her debuts at the MuTh Vienna and Konzerthaus Berlin, other highlights included a portrait concert as part of the series “Kovacics Entdeckungen”, or concerts as a soloist with orchestras such as Wiener KammerOrchester. Highlights of the current season include Elisabeth Plank’s debut in Harpa Reykjavík, NOSPR and Grafenegg, performances at Musikverein Graz, Young Classics Passau and an extensive tour for Jeunesse Austria. In March 2022 she has released her third solo album “musings” with GENUIN. In September 2022 she will record Mozart's double concerto with ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under the baton of Howard Griffiths for alpha classics.