Founding Members

The Latin American Harp Association was founded by five young harpists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico, representing the different regions of our continent. These five founding members make up the Artistic and Directive Comission, whose main function is to manage the daily operations and the artistic path of the Association.

Anabel Gutiérrez Orraca

Harpist, researcher and producer born in La Habana, Cuba. She holds a Master in Music Performance from McGill University Schulich School of Music and a Bachelor in Music Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is currently a Doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her main goal is to develop the harp in her country and promote the music written for harp by cuban composers.

Emmanuel Padilla Holguín

Mexican harpist Emmanuel Padilla Holguín received 1st prize and Audience Award at the Dutch Harp Competition 2016 and 1st prize at the IV Mexico International Harp Competition. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and a Master’s-Artist Diploma from the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2020, Emmanuel became the first harpist in the prestigious group of soloists “Concertistas de Bellas Artes” in Mexico.

Cecília Pacheco

​​Harpist, educator and businesswoman born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has a Bachelor from UFMG (Brazil) and a Master from Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany). She is the main harpist of the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra. Her main goal is to help harpists and develop a more united and collaborative community.

Alina Traine

She received a Licenciatura from the National University of Arts (Argentina), the Conservatoire de Rueil Malmaison (France) and an Advanced Master from the Musik Akademie Basel (Switzerland). She is Assistant Soloist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and performs an intense activity as a soloist and in chamber music.

Juan Sebastián Blanco

Colombian born, Netherlands based harpist, soloist and professor. As prize winner and performer along America and Europe, Juan Sebastián finishes his Master studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. One of his dreams is to contribute to the education and creation of a world with less obstacles for the development of the future harpists generations.