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Biography
Updated: 3/10/2014 8:22:07 AM

Ina Zdorovetchi maintains a multilateral career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral harpist. For the past decade, she has served as principal harpist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and as a guest with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She devotes much of her time to teaching at The Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division as well as Brevard Music Center, a two-month institute and festival with orchestral focus for exceptional young musicians ages 14-29. Her students have been featured at the World Harp Congress, From the Top, All-State Orchestras (MA and TX), and have won prizes American Harp Society National Competitions, Young Artists Harp Competition, as well as various local Concerto Competitions. Zdorovetchi often travels, giving masterclasses in Los Angeles (CA), Philadelphia (PA), Washington (DC), Sarasota (FL), Syracuse (NY), Boston (MA), Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Chisinau (Moldova), Zagreb (Croatia) and an upcoming one in Istanbul (Turkey). 

Her solo career includes performances with the West Deutsche Radio Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony (Israel), National Philharmonic (Moldova), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Brockton Symphony, Seattle Chamber Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra (Moldova) and University of Music Orchestra (Romania). In March 2013, she gave the German premiere of John Williams’ “On Willows and Birches” Concerto for Harp with the West Deutsche Rundfunkorchester at the invitation of Maestro Keith Lockhartand with the special recommendation from Ann Hobson Pilot, to whom the concerto is dedicated. In May 2009 she gave the world premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee’s “... bisbigliando …”, Concerto for Harp. Dedicated to Zdorovetchi, the piece was performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and released as a CD on BMOP/Sound label

Additional highlights include being featured as a recitalist at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada and performing as one of the soloists at the American Harp Society National Conference in Seattle (WA) alongside legendary harpists Jana Bouskova and Alice Giles. In chamber music, she has collaborated 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 and Nathalie Merchant in Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall and other venues. Festival appearances include Tanglewood Music Center, Savannah Music Festival, Charlotte Chamber Music and Brevard Music Center. 

Zdorovetchi is the recipient of the Second Prize, Chamber Music Award and the Propes Prize at the 17th International Harp Contest in Israel, Second Prize at the Cite des Arts Harp Competition in Paris, France, First Prize at the Bucharest International Harp Competition as well as the "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, “Honors Award” for academic achievement from the Boston University and the “Alien with Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts” title from the USA Government. An elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda - The National Music Honor Society, she also served as president of the Boston Chapter of the American Harp Society for 3 terms. In 2010 she founded the Boston Harp Festival, which takes place every few years under her direction. 

Her 2010 debut solo album "Un Sospiro" features both original works and transcriptions and celebrates composers past and contemporary. Additionally, she can be heard on Sony, Naxos, Albany Records, BMOP/Sound, Boston Symphony, and has sustained live concertos, recitals, interviews and broadcasts on WDR Koln (Germany), WGBH / Classical New England Radio-Boston, Israel Broadcasting Authority and Moldova National TV. 

Ina Zdorovetchi holds degrees from New England Conservatory (Performance Diploma), Boston University (Master of Music) and The Boston Conservatory (Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude). Prior to moving to the USA in 2002, she went to Bucharest Academy of Music (Romania), and "C. Porumbescu" Lyceum of Music in her native Chisinau, Moldova, completing a double major in piano and harp. She studied under the tutelage of harpists Ann Hobson Pilot, Ion Ivan-Roncea, Cynthia Price-Glynn and Ana Mahonina and, for 10 years, was mentored by the piano professor Larisa Jar.

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