Marcia Henry Liebenow

Marcia Henry Liebenow

Research Assistant Professor;
Violin, Viola, Chamber Music;
Concertmaster, Peoria Symphony Orchestra

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Marcia Henry Liebenow, Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, is Research Assistant Professor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at Bradley University. She leads a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist. Recently featured several times on the national broadcast of American Public Radio’s Performance Today, Marcia has also appeared as soloist with the Samara Philharmonic Symphony in Russia, performed in Italy, Germany, Ireland, and Wales, and across the United States as soloist with orchestras and in recital.

She is a founding member of the Concordia String Trio, the Peoria Lunaire new music ensemble, and the River City String Quartet. The Concordia String Trio’s American Vistas CD was released in August 2018, and its Viennese String Trios CD was released in 2017. Her third CD, of the Grieg Violin Sonatas with internationally acclaimed pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, is also on the Centaur label.

Marcia is a faculty artist at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin, has presented violin master classes at the ARIA International Summer Academy in Massachusetts and Canada, and taught at the Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Music Institute. She has performed at festivals in Vermont, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Alaska.

Marcia has given Master Classes for the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Chamber Music program in Chicago, and Master Classes and string clinics at universities, high schools, and string workshops. She has also presented clinics at the American String Teachers Association National Conference. In addition, she is active with outreach in the community for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, providing programs at nursing and retirement homes in the region, visits to Bright Futures classrooms, and performances for numerous events in the region. The Concordia String Trio “Sound Bites” Concert and her solo “Velvet Violin” Musical Discovery Education Program have been broadcast on WTVP Public TV.

Her work has been recognized with the Outstanding Studio Teacher Award from the Illinois American String Teachers’ Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio University, 25 Women in Leadership Award by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, and she was named an Arts Treasure for her community work by ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. Marcia earned her Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, studying with James Buswell and serving as his teaching assistant, and her Master and Bachelor degrees with Highest Honors from Ohio University. For more information, visit