Eliza Bourgault - Musician

Harpist   |   Pianist   |   Teacher   |  


Hopefully this page can offer you a brief introduction to who I am, at least musically speaking.

I began music at an early age. I must have been four or five years old when I first started piano lessons. I still play piano up to this day and it is my favourite instrument.

I started the harp when I was twelve years old after receiving a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School. Whilst at Churchlands I performed with the symphony orchestra, accompanied the vocal ensemble, and provided background music for a variety of events including the annual art exhibition. By year 12 I was also a part of three choirs, which developed my love of singing. I graduated from high school in 2012 and was the winner of the McGeorge Memorial Prize for being the string student with the highest aggregate marks in performance on a stringed instrument.

I went on to study a bachelor of Arts doing a double major in Music Studies and Music Specialist Studies at the University of Western Australia.  I studied harp performance under the tutelage of WASO principal harpist Sarah Bowman. During those three years I was the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Delano Music Scholarship in 2013, the Ewen Prize in Music in 2014, and the Wesley Music Scholarship in 2015. I also performed with the UWA Symphony Orchestra a number of times, accompanied the UWA Symphonic Choir, performed as a member of a chamber group and presented a solo recital in my last year.

Over the years I have performed with different ensembles including the Perth Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Youth Philarmonic Orchestra, the West Australian Charity Orchestra and the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed for many weddings and am the resident harpist at Riverside Ensembles. I am currently the first harpist of the Western Australian Charity Orchestra.

I enjoy teaching and love passing down my knowledge. I take teaching very seriously and hunt for ways to help my students acquire good technique as well as a musical understanding. So my lessons cover everything from instrumental playing to occasional theory work, to a more aural-based approach. I have private students and I am the harp tutor at Christ Church Grammar School and Methodist Ladies College.

I am part of a harp and guitar duo, we are called Pluck & Strum. We have played for a few events and are in the process of arranging music for our first CD. Our first concert, in December 2015, "Bach to Satie", showcased our own arrangements of Bach's Cello Suite N°1 as well as some of Satie's Gnossiennes. In December 2016 we organized our second concert and did a WA premiere of Suite Magica by Maximo Diego Pujol and Hypnotised by Gary Schocker.

I am a committee member of the harp society of Western Australia. I am involved with the organizing and running of the events put on by the society. This has included tasks like leading this year's first harp gathering, performing at the harp camp, organizing/arranging music for the next harp gathering, and helping out at the harp festival.