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Boston Conservatory Harpist Takes Top Prize in Global Competition


BOSTON—Harpist Ina Zdorovetchi, a graduate of The Boston Conservatory who is now a member of the harp faculty, took the top prize at the 50th anniversary International Harp Contest in Israel, the most important competition of its kind in the world. The contest was held in Tel Aviv in October,and prize winners were chosen by a jury of 12 members—a group of previous first prize winners and internationally celebrated musicians, hailing from nine different countries. Zdorovetchi was awarded second prize (first prize not awarded).

Zdorovetchi, who came from Moldova to study in Boston, competed with 29 harpists from 18 countries. "I am honored and humbled to be receiving this prize, which is indeed a mark of excellence in the ranks of the greatest harpists in the world. To receive the top prize of the contest is more than I ever dreamed of, and my hope is that this will enable me to enlarge the number of my solo performances in order to share my artistic voice with larger audiences worldwide."

Adds Cynthia Price-Glynn, coordinator of The Boston Conservatory Harp Program, “We are extremely proud to witness Ina’s growth from Boston Conservatory student to faculty member and now, world-class musician. She has proven to be an extraordinary performer, collaborator, teacher, and colleague. We look forward to hearing more of her amazing playing, as well as that of her students. Boston is very fortunate to have such an outstanding harpist performing and teaching in our city."

About Ina Zdorovetchi
Hailed as “The Harp Whisperer” (Savannah Morning News), an "excellent harpist" and "local pride" (Boston Globe), Zdorovetchi is the first prize winner of the Bucharest International Harp Competition, second prize winner of the Paris International Harp Competition Cité des Arts and placed among the top six at the 16th International Harp Contest in Israel, which is regarded worldwide as the foremost event for the instrument. Highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Dawn Upshaw in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre, her Jordan Hall chamber music recital debut as a member of the Nobis Trio and being a featured artist at the Savannah Music Festival where her rendition of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro was praised as "the absolute highlight of the concert.”

Zdorovetchi has performed as a soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Moldova National Radio and Symphony Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest University of Music Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She is also an avid chamber musician and founding member of the Arpello Duo (cello and harp) and Nobis Trio (flute, viola and harp) with which she has collaborated with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Orchestre Nationale de France, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Cincinnati Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Israeli Symphony Orchestra.

A sought-after recording artist, Zdorovetchi recorded Thomas Oboe Lee's "...bisbigliando..." Harp Concerto for BMOP/Sound label, has performed a live recital on WGBH (Boston), worked extensively for Natalie Merchant’s upcoming album featuring Wynton Marsalis and members of the New York Philharmonic, appeared on BSO's Ozawa Hall Anniversary CD and three of Boston Pops' latest releases. She is a frequent guest principal harpist with the BSO, Boston Pops, BMOP, Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera and Boston Ballet.

Zdorovetchi earned degrees from the New England Conservatory (NEC), Boston University and The Boston Conservatory. She has completed studies with Ann Hobson Pilot, Cynthia Price-Glynn and Ion Ivan-Roncea and was twice a fellow of Tanglewood Music Center. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and The National Music Honor Society. She is currently faculty at The Boston Conservatory and the NEC Preparatory Division and serves as president for the American Harp Society (AHS) Boston Chapter.

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