Teen harpist from Rossmore set to make solo debut

Ready to play: Sakura Murakami cannot wait to take to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music stage with her harp this weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ready to play: Sakura Murakami cannot wait to take to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music stage with her harp this weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rossmore teenager Sakura Murakami is about to make her solo debut on one of the most prestigious music stages in the state.

The 13-year-old harpist will perform a feature solo piece orchestrated for her by world-renowned composer Brian Buggy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music this Saturday.

The Macarthur Anglican School student said she was “both nervous and excited” about the performance.

“I’m just grateful to be part of it,” she said.

“To lead the music solo is an incredible honour.

“I’ll pinch myself when it’s all over, just in case it really is a dream.”

Sakura is part of the Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra Sinfonia, and performed in Camden as part of Live and Local earlier this year.

Her upcoming performance – an orchestral take on the harp classic Automates – is part of the Sinfonia’s Winter Showcase.

She hopes to continue playing the harp for many years to come.

“It’s so unique,” Sakura said of the instrument.

“There aren’t many people who get the change to learn the harp. I’m so grateful I have an amazing teacher and a graet support network to get me and my harp everywhere.”

Tickets for the Sydney Youth Orchestra Winter Showcase are available at iwannaticket.com.au. It is suitable for all members of the family.