French harpist Anaëlle Tourret is one of the leading soloists of her instrument. In March 2018, at the age of 25, she was appointed Principal Harpist of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg, Germany.
Anaëlle Tourret regularly performs with distinguished ensembles around the world such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and collaborates with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Paavo Järvi, Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov, and with soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Matthias Goerne or Nina Stemme.
From an early age, Anaëlle Tourret started winning an impressive amount of prizes at international harp competitions. In 2015, she won four prizes at the 19th International Harp Competition in Israel.
In 2019, the Berenberg Group awarded her the prestigious Berenberg Culture Prize, recognizing her outstanding achievements.
Utilizing the new opportunities of modern technology, Anaëlle Tourret redefines the harp's role among other musical instruments; her performances are reaching out to millions, an unprecedented online following in the history of the harp. Anaëlle Tourret also commissions new musical works to expand her instrument's repertoire; she has so far created over twenty new pieces for harp. In 2020, Anaëlle Tourret was invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Anaëlle Tourret was born in Orléans, France, in 1992. She studied the harp with Ghislaine Petit-Volta, Nicolas Tulliez, Andreas Mildner and Xavier de Maistre.
She teaches as assistant to Xavier de Maistre at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.