Established as one of the leading harpists internationally with a mesmerizing style and profound musicianship that have been praised by critics, musicians, and audiences alike, Ina Zdorovetchi was the top prize winner of the 17th Annual International Harp Contest in Israel, where she also received two special awards, the Propes Prize, for the best performance of the Israeli composition Out to Infinity by Yitzhak Yedid, and also, the Chamber Music Prize.
Hailed as "The Harp Whisperer" (Savannah Morning News), "a local pride" and an "excellent harpist" (The Boston Globe), "accomplished and hypnotizing" (Classical Voice of New England), Zdorovetchi recently soloed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on Ginastera's Harp Concerto, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in the world premiere of ...bisbigliando... a harp concerto by Thomas Oboe Lee. Upcoming appearances include concerti with Haifa Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (world premiere of a cello and harp concerto dedicated to Arpello Duo), featured appearances at the American Harp Society Conference 2010, World Harp Congress 2011, as well as numerous solo recitals in the U.S. and abroad.
Winner of second prize at the Paris International Competition, first prize at the Bucharest International Harp Competition, and numerous awards for solo and chamber music achievements, Zdorovetchi has played in Carnegie Hall, NEC's Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in addition to solo appearances on WGBH Radio Boston and other venues.
As a chamber musician, Ina Zdorovetchi collaborates with Dawn Upshaw, Natalie Merchant, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Cincinnati Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Savannah Music Festival, where her rendition of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro was hailed by The Savannah Morning News as "the absolute highlight" of the concert.
In demand as a recording artist, Zdorovetchi has appeared on CDs released by Sony, The Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BMOP/Sound, alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, Natalie Merchant, New York Philharmonic members and more.
An avid orchestral player, Zdorovetchi is a frequent guest principal with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Opera Boston, playing under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Marek Janowski, Ingo Metzmacher, James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.
On the new music scene, Zdorovetchi enjoys close collaborations with Fromm Foundation Players at Harvard, Collage New Music, Cantata Singers, ALEA III, and composers such as Elliott Carter, Gunther Schuller, Harrison Birtwistle, Bernard Rands, Lisa Bielawa, Yitzhak Yedid, and Osvaldo Golijov.
Of Eastern European heritage, Ina Zdorovetchi was born in Moldova, and started playing the piano at the age of five. She soloed with the National Philharmonic of Moldova, and claimed top prizes at national piano competitions. At nine years of age, Zdorovetchi decided to take up the harp as a second major and, within three years, made her debut as soloist with the Moldova National Radio Orchestra.
An alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center, Zdorovetchi is an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda, The National Music Honor Society, and served as president of the American Harp Society-Boston Chapter from 2006-2009.
B.M., Boston Conservatory/Bucharest University of Music. M.M., Boston University. G.D., New England Conservatory. Studies with Ann Hobston Pilot, Cynthia Price-Glynn, and Ion Ivan-Roncea. Also faculty of Boston Conservatory, and Brevard Music Center-2010 Summer Institute & Festival. Recordings on Sony, WGBH, Boston Pops, BSO, BMOP/sound.