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Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in the United States, and in Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand.
is committed to authentic and powerful performance that builds bridges.
Her playing was described by the Hanoi Times as “magical and
eloquent.”She collaborates primarily with pianist Barbara Lysakowski in
Duo Déjà vu, and with guitarist Jose Lezcano with recent concerts at
Saugerties Pro Musica; at the Frederick Historical Piano Concerts
series; Bass Hall Concerts; Columbia University's Music at St. Paul’s
series; the 1794 Meeting House Concert series; the French Cultural
Center of Boston; and the Dweck Center, among others.
she released her second CD, “Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov
and Poulenc” with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen. The Boston Musical
Intelligencer wrote, “they … take this rich Russian music to new
heights”, stating further that their performance “ranks comfortably
alongside several impressive readings by other major cellists.”Hartka
released her debut CD "Folkfire" with pianist Azusa Komiyama in October
2010, receiving critical acclaim as well as radio play on both WFCR and
WAMC Performance Place. The Daily Hampshire Gazette remarked of the CD
that Hartka "emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra" while the
Greenfield Recorder praised her for having "a passion for precision
that never imposes itself upon the music". She was the recipient of the
1993 Henriette Reiss Award for Outstanding Artistic Merit.
Hartka completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at
Boston University College of Fine Arts in May 2007, where she was a
four-year recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Award, and an elected member
of Phi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society. Hartka had also
completed a Master’s degree in Music at BU CFA, and a Bachelor of Arts
in Cello Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and College. Hartka's
teachers have included Leslie Parnas, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider,
Clive Greensmith, Andor Toth, Peter Rejto, Douglas Moore and Justin
This is Dr. Hartka’s third performance on our concert series.
For the Duo Deja Vue concert schedule, photos and video, etc, please visit duodejavu2.com/
, and for Dr. Hartka's own appearance schedule, as well as the
opportunity to listen to and purchase her CDs, and read a most
interesting blog about her travels to Cuba, Mexico, Rome, and the
backyard raspberry patch, you should also visit www.rebeccahartka.com .