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 was part of a harp and guitar duo called Pluck & Strum. We played for a few events. 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. In 2018, we performed for Perth's FRINGE Festival and also released an album, Pluck & Strum: Works for Harp and Guitar.

I am a committee member of the Harp Society of Western Australia Inc. I am involved with the organizing and running of the events put on by the society. This has included tasks like leading harps gathering,s performing at harp camps, organizing/arranging music for harp gatherings, and helping out at harp festivals.