Artistic Director of The International Harp Contest in Israel, 1983 – 2013, and president of its International Jury during the last five Contests has been active in the development of The International Harp Contest in Israel, the most important event for harp in the world, since 1963.
Acknowleged by Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein and others, to be one of the world’s leading orchestral harpists, Judith Liber was principal solo harpist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 2000. Born and raised in USA, she graduated from Oberlin College and did advanced studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, University of Illinois, and with the great master, Carlos Salzedo.
Judith Liber’s musical training began at age five on the violin. When she was seven she also began lessons on the piano. The study of both violin and piano continued until she heard her first harp recital at age 10. A career as soloist, chamber music player and orchestra musician put her in personal and artistic contact with the leading artists of our time. With Itzhak Perlman, she recorded the Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Bernstein’s Halil with J.P.Ramphal and enjoyed particular acclaim for her interpretation of the Ginastera Harp Concerto with
Mehta and the IPO. Her unique sound can be heard in the many recordings of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 2000.
Ms. Liber is an internationally renowned teacher. She taught at the TelAviv University, Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, Accademia Musicale in Florence, Italy and for several years she led the Course for Orchestral Performance at the Scuola di alto perfezionamento musicale in Saluzzo, Italy. She gives annual Master Classes in Florence for Amici della musica di Firenze and in Grandola ed Uniti on the Como Lake. Ms. Liber has given Master Classes at the Julliard School, at the National Conservatory in Lyon, France, the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma, Italy, at the Royal College of Music in London, and in Japan. In 2013 she will give a Master Class at the Haute École De Musique De Lausanne on The Art of Carlos Salzedo. Her students include leading soloists and teachers the world over.
Ms. Liber has published transcriptions for harp from the Preludes for piano by Claude Debussy as well as several articles on the harp and its place in music. Her solo CD, RECITAL, includes several of her own transcriptions. In 2008 her book, THE POWER OF MUSIC, was published in English and Italian by Ut Orpheus Editions of Bologna. Ms. Liber is retired and lives in Tel Aviv and in Tremezzo, on the Como Lake where she continues to teach. Young harpists come to her seeking to develop the beauty and projection of the harp sound. She has lectured world wide on “The Power of Music”.