About Me: Daniela Lorenz
I was born in a Swiss village in the mountains and from a very early age my heart was touched by South American music. As a teenager I played Charango and Quena in Andean music groups
During my 4 year degree at the Rhythm Seminar at the Conservatory of Zürich, I mastered how to play the Paraguayan harp whilst I did my training to become a music teacher. After graduating from University, I deepened my knowledge of playing the harp with various harpists in Switzerland Paraguay and Madrid.
Along with my many performances and concerts in Switzerland and around the world, I also compose and arrange music for the Paraguayan harp.
In addition to my solo career, I also take part in various instrumental and vocal formations as well as sharing my knowledge in courses and workshops. I have produced many of my own recordings not only on private label but also for Swiss radio.
In addition to this, I am researching the developments of South American Harps, which includes playing techniques as well as their origins.
The Paraguayan harp
Since the harps and music of the Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, various types of harps and music styles have developed in Paraguay, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico
The Paraguayan harp has become one of the most structurally developed and well known harps of Latin America thanks to the international success of music group «Trio Los Paraguayos».
The harp is made from light cedar wood and has between 36 and 38 Nylon strings, which is played using your finger nails.
The harp is the national instrument of Paraguay.