|Judith Liber, acknowleged by Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein and others to be one of the world’s leading orchestral harpists, was principal solo harpist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 2000. Born and raised in USA, she graduated from Oberlin College and did graduate study at the University of Illinois and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her musical training began at age five on the violin. At age seven she also began lessons on the piano. The study of both violin and piano continued until she heard her first harp recital.
At age 10 she began her studies on the harp with Dorothy Henschen, who prepared her for advanced study with Professor Lucy Lewis at Oberlin College and later, Carlos Salzedo at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine.
A career as soloist, chamber music player and orchestra musician put her in personal and artistic contact with the leading artists of our time. With Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, she recorded the Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Bernstein’s Halil with J.P. Rampal, conducted by the composer. She enjoyed particular acclaim for her interpretation of the Ginastera Harp Concerto with Maestro Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Her unique sound can be heard in the many recordings of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 2000.
Ms. Liber is an internationally renowned teacher. She taught at the Tel Aviv University, Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance and the Accademia Musicale in Florence, Italy. For several years she led the Course for Orchestral Performance at the Scuola di alto perfezionamento musicale in Saluzzo, Italy. She gives annual Master Classes in Florence for Amici della Musica and in Grandola ed Uniti on the Como Lake. Most recently, she taught at the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma, Italy and at the Julliard School of Music in New York. Her students include leading soloists and teachers the world over.
She has published transcriptions for harp from the Preludes for piano by Claude Debussy as well as several articles on the harp and its place in music. Her solo CD, Recital, includes several of her own transcriptions. Ms. Liber lives with her husband on the Como Lake in northern Italy. Many young harpists come to her from all over the world seeking to develop the beauty and projection of the harp sound.She has lectured world wide on ‘The Power of Music’.
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