Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Florence Sitruk

Florence Sitruk, Harp - "Homecoming: From Bloomington to Berlin and Back"

The USA International Harp Competition is honored to present Florence Sitruk in a benefit concert. Ms. Sitruk will perform in the IU Jacobs School of Music Recital Hall on November 2, 2017 at 8:30 PM. The program includes a special performance of Debussy's Danses sacrée et danse profane with IU's Quartet-in-Residence, Pacifica Quartet.

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Harp Dreams, the WTIU-produced documentary of the 2007 competition, showcases the best young harpists in the world as they prepare for a high-stakes ten-day event held every three years at the Jacobs School of Music on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.  The documentary is a celebration of contestants from around the world and, ultimately, the competition itself.

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Harpist Florence Sitruk, performing:

Homecoming: “From Bloomington to Berlin and Back”

A benefit concert for the USA International Harp Competition
with a special performance by the Pacifica Quartet

November 2, 2017 | 8:30 P.M.

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Recital Hall
1201 E 3rd Street, Bloomington IN 47405

Florence Sitruk

The USA International Harp Competition is honored to present Florence Sitruk in a benefit concert at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Recital Hall, November 2, 2017 at 8:30 P.M.  This is Ms. Sitruk’s debut recital in the Bloomington community as the new Professor of Harp at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has titled this special concert “Homecoming” as she fondly remembers studying with former IU Distinguished Professor of Harp Susann McDonald at Indiana University, and is happily returning to IU with her family after spending many successful years in Europe.

This benefit concert will present Ms. Sitruk in a program of intriguing repertoire, including works by beloved composers C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Roussel, Parish-Alvars, and Scarlatti. In addition, she will perform two American premieres of works by
György Kurtág and Viktoria Kaunzner. The concert will conclude with a very special performance of Claude Debussy's Danse sacrée et danse profane with IU’s Quartet-in- Residence, Pacifica Quartet, whose new violist is Ms. Sitruk’s husband, Guy Ben-Ziony.

This concert is a benefit for the USA International Harp Competition. Suggested donations of $20/adult and $10/student will be taken at the door. A reception with the artist will immediately follow the concert.

Parking can be found on the IU campus at the Jordan Parking Garage (150 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408) and the Atwater Parking Garage (921 E. Atwater Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47401). Rates may apply.


C.P.E. Bach: Fantasia in E-flat Major, Wq. 586
From six free Fantasias for harpsichord

Mozart: Fantasia in D-minor, KV 379 
for piano (tr. Sitruk)

Roussel: Impromptu, Op. 21 for Harp

Parish-Alvars: Sérénade for harp, Op. 82


Sonata in D-minor, Longo 413
Sonata in E-Major, Longo 23

Debussy: from Préludes pour Piano, Book I & II
- Bruyères
- La fille aux cheveux de lin

Kurtág: From Jatekók, Book I - VII for piano (tr. Sitruk with composer)
- Kolinda Melody*
In memoriam Sebök György

Kaunzner:  The Golden Key (2016)*
written for Florence Sitruk

Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane for harp and string quartet
with the generous participation of the Pacifica String Quartet

Simin Ganatra, Violin
Austin Hartman, Violin
Guy Ben-Ziony, Viola
Brandon Vamos, Cello

*American Première

About Florence Sitruk:

Born to French-German parents, Sitruk took her first harp lesson at age six, with early studies at Stuttgart Music University and in Paris with Marielle Nordmann. Sitruk earned her Artist Diploma from the IU Jacobs School of Music, studying with Susann McDonald, whom she calls decisive for her musical development, as well as with pianist György Sebök, who predicted she would become “one of the finest artists in her field.” Today, she is acclaimed internationally for her musical language, intelligent programming, and pedagogic passion.

Winning first prize at the Rome International Harp Competition “Bucchi” for Music of the 20th Century led to Sitruk’s debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As an invited soloist, she plays regularly with leading orchestras including the Lucerne Festival Strings, Lithuanian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She is in demand around the world and has toured countries such as Estonia, Morocco, Australia, and Asia.

Sitruk was appointed guest professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre at age 26 and at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland, in 2014. Professor of Harp at Geneva University of Music since 2005, she has long been the youngest professor in her field. A passionate chamber musician, she was artistic director of the Swiss chamber music festival Les Muséiques, succeeding Gidon Kremer, and the founder of the Elias Parish Alvars Harp Festival in the virtuoso’s birth town of Teignmouth, England. She became Artistic Director of the Israel International Harp Contest in 2015.

Sitruk is the mother of young twin boys and a baby girl, and is moving to Bloomington with her family from Berlin and Geneva. She is an activist for hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare potentially life-threatening illness during pregnancy.

About the Pacifica Quartet:

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Also in 2006 the Quartet was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of “five new quartets you should know about,” the only American quartet to make the list. And in 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

The Quartet’s 2017-18 season features performances with the guitar legend Sharon Isbin, the complete Beethoven cycle for the University at Buffalo’s renowned Slee Cycle, and multiple performances of the Mendelssohn octet with the Dover Quartet. Highlights of the 2016-17 season included a return performance at New York’s famed 92nd Street Y; the culmination of a two-season residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; tours with Johannes Moser, Jörg Widmann, and Marc-André Hamelin; and the debut of a new cello quintet by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

The Pacifica Quartet has carved a niche for itself as the preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles, harnessing the group’s singular focus and incredible stamina to portray each composer’s evolution, often over the course of just a few days. Having given highly acclaimed performances of the complete Carter cycle in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Houston; the Mendelssohn cycle in Napa, Australia, New York, and Pittsburgh; and the Beethoven cycle in New York, Denver, St. Paul, Chicago, Napa, and Tokyo (in an unprecedented presentation of five concerts in three days at Suntory Hall), the Quartet presented the monumental Shostakovich cycle in Chicago, New York, Montreal and at London’s Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has been widely praised for these cycles, with critics calling the concerts “brilliant,” “astonishing,” “gripping,” and “breathtaking.”

An ardent advocate of contemporary music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works including those by Keeril Makan and Shulamit Ran, the latter in partnership with the Music Accord consortium, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. The work – entitled Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory – had its New York debut as part of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center series.

In 2008 the Quartet released its Grammy Award-winning recording of Carter’s quartets Nos. 1 and 5 on the Naxos label; the 2009 release of quartets Nos. 2, 3, and 4 completed the two-CD set. Cedille Records recently released the third of four volumes comprising the entire Shostakovich cycle, along with other contemporary Soviet works, to rave reviews: “The playing is nothing short of phenomenal.” (Daily Telegraph, London) Recent projects include recording Leo Ornstein’s rarely-heard piano quintet with Marc-André Hamelin with an accompanying tour, the Brahms piano quintet with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, and the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with the New York Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Anthony McGill.

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, IN, where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012, and also served as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago for seventeen years.

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