Harpist Lenka Petrović is the first prize winner of the prestigious 20th International Harp Contest in Israel in 2018 and is the first Serbian to win this prize. Additionally, she was awarded the Irina Kaganovsky prize for the best performance of Bedřich Smetana/Trneček: Moldau at the same competition. Lenka is principal harpist of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra in Hungary.
A passionate soloist, she is committed to performing a mixture of the traditional harp repertoire alongside transcriptions of non-harp works, showcasing the versatility of the harp. She has performed in Israel, China, USA, Russia, Argentina, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and was also featured at the Young Talent Concert at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. As a soloist with orchestra, Lenka has performed concertos with musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, The Handel Festival Orchestra in New York, Ensemble Metamorphosis in Belgrade, Summer Philharmonic Orchestra of Indiana University and Symphonic Orchestra of Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.
Lenka is a laureate of numerous competitions including the 2016 Bronze Medal and Willy Postma Composition Prize for the Best Performance of Jeremiah Siochi’s Sublimation at the 10th USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington. She is also the 2015 winner of the first prize and a special prize from HarpMasters Academy in Switzerland at the 20th International Competition Petar Konjovic in Belgrade. Lenka was a New Horizons Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2017 and also attended the International Summer Harp Academy “HarpMasters” in Switzerland in 2014 and 2015.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1995, Lenka began learning the harp at age 8. In 2017, she received a Bachelor’s degree in harp performance from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, where she studied with professor Staša Mirković Grujić. Lenka received a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2019, studying with New York Philharmonic’s principal harpist Nancy Allen.