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Ina Zdorovetchi

Harp; Chamber Music Faculty | Artistic Director, Boston Harp Festival

Hailed as "hypnotizing," Ina Zdorovetchi has established a reputation as one of the leading harpists of her generation. While championing major traditional works, she has continually treated her audiences to new and innovative repertoire, using her particular interest in new music to promote awareness about the harp and collaborating with composers on several works written for her, including ...bisbigliando..., a harp concerto by Thomas Oboe Lee and after Kandinsky, a double concerto for cello and harp by Geoffrey Gordon.

Highlights include appearances as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem, Haifa, Brockton, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Moldova National Radio Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, the chamber orchestras of Seattle, Boston University, Bucharest University and the Republic of Moldova; chamber music collaborations with members of the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, David Krakauer and Nathalie Merchant in Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall and other venues. Most recently, she was featured in recital at the 2011 World Harp Congress (Vancouver, Canada) and as one of the soloists in the Concerto Gala Concert of the 2010 American Harp Society National Conference, sharing the evening with legendary harpists Jana Bouskova and Alice Giles. 

Zdorovetchi is the recipient of a number of awards, including Second Prize (First Prize not awarded), Chamber Music Prize and Propes Prize at the 17th International Harp Contest in Israel, First Prize at the Bucharest International Competition, Second Prize at the Paris International Harp Competition, "Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music" Award from the Fischoff National Competition, "Henry Cabot Award for extraordinary commitment of talent" from the Boston Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and other honors. 

Her debut solo album, Un Sospiro, released in 2010, demonstrates her interest in both original works and transcriptions and celebrates composers past and contemporary. Additionally, she has recorded solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire for Sony, Naxos, Albany Records, BMOP/Sound, Boston Symphony, and has sustained live concertos, recitals, interviews and broadcasts on WGBH Radio-Boston, Israel Broadcasting Authority and Moldova National TV. 

Currently, Zdorovetchi is the principal harpist with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, BMOP and is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, as well as the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival with invitations for public masterclasses at Indiana University (South Bend), Chapman University (CA), American Harp Society Chapters in Washington (DC), Syracuse (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Los Angeles (CA) and Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Her students have been featured in performances at the World Harp Congress and won several top competition prizes. 

Additionally, she is the founder and artistic director the Boston Harp Festival, an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a member of The National Music Honor Society, a past-president of the American Harp Society Boston Chapter and the bearer of the U.S.'s "Alien with Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts" title.

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