Jude Harpstar, a Semi-Finalist (Top 18) in “SA’s Got Talent 2014”, is an internationally trained and award-winning artist who has recently won “Africa iTunes Classical Album of The Year 2015” as soloist of the Piano Solo Album composed by Caroline Leisegang entitled Øyeblikk, signed by Sony Music.
She has also won 2 International Awards for “Best Acoustic Song” and “Best Pop/
Adult/Contemporary EP” in The Independent Music Awards with her duo LU FLUR. Jude has been described by Paul Boekkooi (Arts journalist, theatre reviewer and music critic) as “arguably the most versatile and both technically and musically one of the most inspiring harpists...” Jude’s talent has taken her all over the world, performing in festivals such as The Young Euro Classic Festival in Germany, Carinthischer Sommer Festival - Kongresshaus Villach, Austria, The
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival with Grammy Award-winning Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, Joy of Jazz and Macufe Festival with legendary Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Sufi Music Festival with legendary Sibongile Khumalo and Splashy Fen Music Festival and Fête de la Musique with her award-winning duo Lu Flur, to name a few. Harpstar (at age 15) was selected to perform at The Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. Two years later, Jude attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy on full merit scholarships and studied in the U.S for 7 years where she also attended the California Institute of the Arts and Oberlin
College and Conservatory.
Harpstar’s competition credits include Winner of the South African String Teachers’ Competition, Winner of The Yamaha Music Competition (piano) and a Finalist in the SANLAM Youth Music Competition (piano). She was also the winner of multiple merit scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. In 2012, Jude 2 received an honorary medal as an Official Protea of South Africa for Music (National Youth Orchestra).
Ms. Harpstar considers solo performance to be an important part of her career and has appeared as both a harp and piano soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. As an active orchestral harpist, Ms. Van der Wat has been the Assistant Principal Harpist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 15. She has performed and acted as principal harpist with numerous orchestras such as The World Youth Symphony
Orchestra, Simfonia Juventi (a national youth orchestra in South Africa), The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of South Africa, MIAGI Orchestra, The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Oberlin
Symphony Orchestra and the CALARTS Free Jazz Orchestra.
Jude Harpstar performs and composes/produces in various genres and has immersed herself in many musical projects upon her return from the U.S. Jude has performed with artists such as South African popstar Toya Delazy (on Etv Sunrise), Pops Mohamed, Hip-Hop King KWESTA
DAKAR, Bianca Le Grange and Soweto BUSKAID in their final concert of 2015 and 2016, where she appeared as the soloist to a sold-out show in The Linder Auditorium and received rave reviews.
Jude has just released her debut Piano Solo EP entitled “Immortal Sounds” and a music video for her POP/EDM track entitled “Love sets you free”. Harpstar is currently collaborating
with Willemien& and composing music for poet and creative writer Bibi Slippers’ award-winning book “Fotostaatmasjien”. She is also working on new music, composing, performing and Producing.