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LYON & HEALY IS NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTOR OF SALVI HARPS

CHICAGODECEMBER 8 , 2015 –Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to announce that it will be the North American Distributor of Salvi Harps effective immediately.  Lyon & Healy Harps looks forward to promoting the Salvi product, made by the master craftspeople in Piasco, Italy, who devote their passion and knowledge to produce precious jewels of technology, design and sound. The full Salvi line is available to North America. The Mia, Gaia and Hermes lever harps are included in our six-month Rent to Own Program and Salvi lever harps are included in our Bounty Program (conditions apply, see details). More information about individual harps and Salvi Harps may be found on their website at www.salviharps.com.



19th INTERNATIONAL HARP CONTEST IN ISRAEL

19th International Harp Contest in IsraelTEL AVIV – DECEMBER 3, 2015
Yuying Chen, China, was awarded First Prize. Chen will receive a Style 23 Gold Concert Grand harp, a $5,000 cash prize, a debut recital at Lyon & Healy Hall, Chicago, and a CD recording, all sponsored by Lyon & Healy Harps. Second Prize was awarded to Anaelle Tourret, France, and Third Prize to Eva Tomsic, Slovenia. For more information, please visit the official Contest site.





LYON & HEALY HARPS APPOINTS JANET HARRELL AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Janet HarrellChicago, IL. – July 30, 2015 –Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to announce that it has appointed Janet Harrell as Chief Executive Officer. 

Janet returns to Lyon & Healy where, from 1984 to 1999, she served as Controller, Vice President and ultimately for ten years, President.  She has spent the last fifteen years as Vice President of Finance and Operations at a custom architectural millwork firm.

“Janet is a rarity with her combined experience in woodworking and finance,” said Marco Salvi, President of Lyon & Healy Harps and Salvi Harps.  “We are thrilled to have her return to Lyon & Healy to manage operations and strengthen our focus on quality harpmaking.”

“I am excited to return to the harp world, I have always been so impressed by the dedication and artistry of harpists,” said Harrell. “I will lead the similar passion that we at Lyon & Healy have for the harp into a new chapter of growth.”

Janet earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting at the University of Dayton.  Originally from Pittsburgh, she lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and is mother to four adult children.

Founded in 1864 in Chicago, Lyon & Healy Harps built its first pedal harp in 1889 and has become recognized around the world for its craftsmanship acquired through an internal apprenticeship program.  The Lyon & Healy sound is marked by its resonance, its clarity, its carrying ability and most importantly, its consistency.  Lyon & Healy Harps, along with Salvi Harps, is part of a business group that manufactures and distributes globally both brands of lever and pedal harps.


LYON & HEALY HARPS AND SALVI HARPS APPOINT MARCO SALVI AS PRESIDENT


Marco SalviChicago, IL. and Piasco, Italy – June 25, 2015 – Lyon & Healy Harps and Salvi Harps are pleased to announce the appointment of Marco Salvi as their new President, effective immediately.  Marco has acted as head of investment banking in various institutions.  He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in economics and business administration.  As the eldest son of the late Victor Salvi, harpist and founder of Salvi Harps, Marco grew up in the harp world and has a unique understanding of the craftsmanship necessary to build a quality instrument.  Having studied harp at the Genoa Conservatory, he as well understands the technique and dedication necessary to play one.  Marco brings a great mix of leadership and inspiration as we charge ahead as businesses committed to the craft of world-renowned harpmaking.

“Lyon & Healy Harps and Salvi Harps are cherished brands with a combined history of 187 years of building harps,” said Salvi. “I am honored to lead the companies and their employees forward as we continue to deliver quality instruments and service to harpists.”

The master craftsmen of Salvi Harps in Piasco, Italy, devote their passion and knowledge to produce precious jewels of technology, design and sound.  The result is pure harmony between technology and creativity, according to the traditional values of founder Victor Salvi, who constructed his first harp in 1954.
Founded in 1864 in Chicago, Lyon & Healy Harps built its first pedal harp in 1889 and has become recognized around the world for its craftsmanship acquired through an internal apprenticeship program.  The Lyon & Healy sound is marked by its resonance, its clarity, its carrying ability and most importantly, its consistency.
Lyon & Healy Harps and Salvi Harps are part of a business group that manufactures and distributes globally both brands of lever and pedal harps.


LYON & HEALY ANNOUNCES THE 2015 LYON & HEALY AWARDS WINNERS - LOGAN, UT


CHICAGOJUNE 24, 2015 – Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to have presented the 2015 Lyon & Healy Awards at the Utah State University from June 19-20, 2015 in conjunction with the American Harp Society Institute.  Seika Dong (San Jose, CA), Rachel Miller (Cincinnati, OH) and Hannah Cope (Salt Lake City, UT) were chosen as the three Award Winners.  Each received a check from Lyon & Healy Harps for $2,000 and a $500 gift certificate to Lyon & Healy Harps and a Winners’ plaque to commemorate their Award. The Jury also honorably mentioned Noel Wan (San Jose, CA).

2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Winners
Pictured L to R: 2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Winners: Seika Dong (San Jose, CA), Rachel Miller (Cincinnati, OH) and Hannah Cope (Salt Lake City, UT)

2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Jury and Winners
Pictured L to R: 2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Jury and Winners: Linda Wood Rollo, Seika Dong, Rachel Miller, Hannah Cope, Delaine Fedson Leonard and Kathy Kienzle

2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Contestants
Pictured: The 2015 Lyon & Healy Awards Contestants


LYON & HEALY MOURNS THE PASSING OF MR. VICTOR SALVI


Victor Salvi CHICAGOMAY 13, 2015 –All of us here at Lyon & Healy Harps mourn the passing of its Chairman, Victor Salvi, and unite in honoring the exemplary life of a great harp entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In honor of Mr. Salvi, Lyon & Healy Harps, Lyon & Healy West and Harp.com will be closed on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Salvi began his career as both a soloist and orchestra member in some of the world’s leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic.  As founder of Salvi Harps in 1956, Mr. Salvi has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Award for Service to the International Harp Community presented by the World Harp Congress (1996), and he was honored as a “distinguished harpist and harpmaker” at the 7th Summer Institute of the American Harp Society (2007).  The Industrial Union of Cuneo (Italy) recognized Mr. Salvi in 2006 for the years of entrepreneurial activity that Salvi Harps has contributed to the growth of the region.  He was made an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music in 2004.

We fully appreciate the fact that in 1987, Mr. Salvi kept Lyon & Healy Harps from continued changes of ownership and allowed us to instead focus on making the Lyon & Healy harp as it has since 1889.  

We unite in offering our condolences to the Salvi family in their time of mourning.  We hope the honorable legacy among the harp and music communities that Mr. Salvi leaves behind will soon bring them comfort.

LYON & HEALY INTRODUCES RENTAL PROGRAM


CHICAGOAPRIL 9 , 2015 – Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to introduce its Rental Program. It provides beginners easy access to a Lyon & Healy lever harp that can be returned at any time. All harps in Lyon & Healy's rental pool meet our stringent quality standards. An Ogden harp can be rented for only $39 per month or a Troubadour VI for only $49 per month. Visit lyonhealyrental.com for more details!
Lyon & Healy Rental Program


LYON & HEALY ANNOUNCES THE 2014 LYON & HEALY AWARDS WINNERS - SHANGHAI


CHICAGOJULY 14, 2014 – Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to have presented the 2014 Lyon & Healy Awards Shanghai at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from May 8-9, 2014 in conjunction with the Shanghai International Harp Festival.  Jia Peng (China), Qi Hang (China) and Se Hee Hwang (South Korea) were chosen as the three Award Winners.  Each received a check from Lyon & Healy Harps for $2,000 and a Winners’ plaque to commemorate their Award.  In addition, two contestants were recognized with Honorable Mentions including Wenxuan Tang (China) and Yan Yin Yany Tse (Hong Kong).
Lyon & Healy Awards 2014
(L to R) Park Stickney, Anna Verkholantseva, Emmanuel Ceysson, Qi Hang, Se Hee Hwang, Jia Peng, Antonio Forero.

“It was a pleasure to hear the emerging talent of the students in Asia.  The excitement and enthusiasm they brought to the competition was delightful,” states Heather Azem, Lyon & Healy Awards Manger.

The jury consisting of Mr. Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harpist of the Paris National Opera Orchestra; Mr. Park Stickney, world-renowned jazz harpist and teacher; and Ms. Anna Verkholantseva, Principal Harpist of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, also presented masterclasses and concerts during the Festival.


LYON & HEALY CELEBRATES WITH 150TH BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL



CHICAGO – June 9, 2014 –Lyon & Healy celebrated 150 years of excellence and 125 years of harpmaking with its
150th Birthday Festival June 4-7, 2014. Click here for more photos and a link to a PDF of the Festival program.

A 150th Birthday Cake!Emmanuel Ceysson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



LYON & HEALY HARPS ANNOUNCES THE 2013 LYON & HEALY AWARDS LOS ANGELES WINNERS

Lyon & Healy Award Winners, Los AngelesCHICAGO – June 19, 2013
Lyon & Healy Harps is pleased to have presented the Lyon & Healy Awards at the Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles, on June 14 and 15, preceding the American Harp Society’s 10th Summer Institute.  Helen Gerhold (Lansdale, PA), Rachel Hall (Roanoke, VA) and Ann Marie Liss (Aurora, CO) were chosen as the four Award Winners out of 27 participants.  Each received from Lyon & Healy Harps $2,000, a $500 Lyon & Healy gift certificate and a Winners’ plaque to commemorate their Award.  They will also be invited to perform a joint recital at Lyon & Healy Hall and will receive a copy of the performance recording.

The jury consisted of Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Julie Smith, Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony; and Mary Kay Waddington, author of the Suzuki Harp School, composition arranger and teacher.  They also recognized five Honorable Mentions including Ian McVoy (Richmond, VA), Emily Melendes (Waukesha, WI), Katherine Siochi (Iowa City, IA) and Yan Yin Yany Tse (Hong Kong, China).

“We are so pleased with the camaraderie among the competitors, as well as the high level of musicianship brought to the Lyon & Healy Awards,” states Heather Azem, Lyon & Healy Awards Manager.  “It will be wonderful to see all their careers grow in the future.”

Photo Left: (L to R) Rachel Hall, Ann Marie Liss and Helen Gerhold, 2013 Lyon & Healy Award Winners. 

Photo Below: Antonio Forero, President & CEO, Lyon & Healy Harps, with Lyon & Healy Awards Competitors (L to R) Maria Rindenello-Parker, Maho Morikawa, Carolyn Lund, Alexandra Katelyn Mullins, Ann McLaughlin, Natalie Hoffmann, Ian McVoy, Helen Gerhold, Rachel Hall, Ann Marie Liss, Emmanuel Padilla, Emily Melendes, Betuel Ramirez, Lisa Lamb, Emily Mader, Katherine Siochi, Charles Overton, Linda-Rose Hembreiker, Marina Roznitovsky, Zachary Hatcher, Francesa Gao.  Not pictured: Naomi Hoffmeyer, Vivian Hsu, Eunile Lee, Chen-Yu Huang, Yan Yin Yany Tse, Michelle Gott.

Lyon & Healy Awards Competitors, Los Angeles