Michelle Sweegers (1997) is a harpist from the Netherlands who is best known for her varied and narrative programs. Besides the classical works she performs on the concert harp, she also plays the electric harp in which she experiments with different musical styles. Michelle also creates her own compositions and loves to interact with the audience.
At the age of seven, Michelle started playing the harp at the music school in her hometown where she got lessons from Margaret Forrest. After these first years of getting acquainted with the instrument, she started taking lessons at various institutes. In 2011 she was accepted at the Academy Musical Talent in Utrecht (Netherlands) where she studied under Erika Waardenburg. After obtaining her high school certificate she began to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (Belgium) with Sophie Hallynck as principal teacher. In June 2018 she graduated for her bachelor’s degree with ‘great distinction’. Subsequently Michelle went on an Erasmus exchange at the CNSMD de Lyon (France) where she received lessons from Fabrice Pierre, Sylvain Blassel and Park Stickney. In 2019 she returned to Antwerp where she studied under Miriam Overlach. In June 2020, Michelle obtained her master’s degree; for her master-recital she was rewarded with the ‘greatest distinction’ and she was also appointed as ‘primarius’ of the conservatoire.
As a soloist Michelle has already won several prizes at both national and international competitions. Some of these are the Princess Christina Competition, the Concours International de Harpes in Limoges, the Rosa Spier Concours and the International Harp Competition Felix Godefroid. Michelle also followed internships and master classes with famous harpists, including Isabelle Perrin, Sasha Boldachev, Deborah Henson-Conant and Gwyneth Wentink.
Michelle regularly performs at various kinds of occasions both at home and abroad. She performs in various settings: as a soloist, with chamber music groups and in collaboration with various orchestras. She has already performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, European Philharmonia and the Amstel String Ensemble. Michelle has also been a guest on several radio and television programs for interviews and performances. Examples of this are: Podium Witteman, De Muziekfabriek, NTR Podium, Spiegelzaal, Zwarte Prietpraat and De Wereld Draait Door.