Marcia Henry Liebenow
Assistant Professor, Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Concertmaster Peoria Symphony Orchestra
With playing described as ‘sizzling with dark sensuality’ and ‘heart wrenching in its soulful beauty,’ Marcia Henry Liebenow is Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Bradley University.
Active as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Marcia’s performances have been broadcast in Europe and across the United States, including on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. She has appeared as soloist with the Samara Philharmonic Symphony in Russia, with orchestras in Germany, and served as Primo Violino at the Orvieto Musica in Italy. Her CD of the Grieg Violin Sonatas with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi was released in October 2007 on Centaur Records.
She frequently appears as soloist with the Peoria Bach Festival and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and recently performed solos with the Birch Creek Music Festival, Clinton, Muscatine, and Bradley Symphony Orchestras. Recent recitals and chamber music performances have taken her to twelve states where she performed with such artists as harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax, Chicago Symphony principal flutist Mathieu Dufour, pianists Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Jay Mauchley, Richard Syracuse, Benjamin Moritz and Jean Roberts. In past years she has performed with Donald Weilerstein, James Buswell, Maria Lambros, Michael Kannen, Martin Chalifour, and Bert Lucarelli.
Marcia recently received the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Music from Ohio University, the 2008 Women in Leadership Award by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the Outstanding Studio Teacher award from the Illinois American String Teachers’ Association, and was honored for her creative contributions to the community by the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. In 2007, the Peoria Journal Star named her recital with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi one of the Top Ten Arts Events of the year.
She is a founding member of the Concordia String Trio, the River City String Quartet, and the jazz quartet Marcia Henry + 3. In the summer, Marcia performs at the Peoria Bach Festival, and is a faculty artist at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana and at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin. She has taught at the Aria International Summer Academy and regularly performs at the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont. In August 2010, Marcia was a faculty artist at the newly-established Affetti Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, where she performed chamber music with artists from around the world, and served as Concertmaster of the Affetti Chamber Orchestra.
Marcia also adjudicates string competitions and presents school workshops and clinics. In November 2008 she presented a workshop with Dr. John Jost at the national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition to her studio teaching, she developed and coordinates the string chamber music program at Bradley University, and works closely with the string sections of the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and the Central Illinois Youth Symphony.
The New England Conservatory of Music awarded Marcia the Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance where she studied with James Buswell and served as his teaching assistant. Marcia also holds Bachelor and Master’s degree with highest honors in Performance from Ohio University, where she studied with Howard Beebe.