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Rebecca Hartka

 Rebecca Hartka, cello

Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in venues throughout the United States with international appearances in Italy, Vietnam and Thailand. Hartka's playing was described by the Hanoi Times as "... no less than magical and eloquent." Committed to building bridges through performance and transcending classical music stereotypes, Hartka has performed in non-traditional venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, the Hampshire County Jail, numerous coffee houses and private homes, as well as prestigious venues like the American Embassy in Hanoi. In 2013-14 Hartka was artist faculty in Arcidosso, Italy for the Interharmony International Music Festival collaborating with pianists Inesa Sinkevych and Svetlana Gorokhovich, Aurelius Gori, baritone and Laurel Zucker, flute. She performs regularly with the Wistaria String Quartet, pianist Alys Terrien-Queen, and has appeared recently as a solo recitalist in the Frederick Historical Piano Collection Concert Series, the Wistaria Chamber Music Society Concerts at 7, Classics in the Woods, the North Quabbin Center for the Arts Series, the Community Connections Concert Series, and the Valley Classic Concerts Series. Hartka released her debut CD Folkfire with pianist Azusa Komiyama in October 2010, receiving critical acclaim as well as NPR play, including a feature on Paul Elisha's Performance Place. As a Dean’s Scholar, Hartka earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music degrees from Boston University College of Fine Arts, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying with Andor Toth, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider and Leslie Parnas.

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