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Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in the United States and internationally in Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand. Committed to authentic and powerful performance that builds bridges, Hartka's 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 Lézcano with recent concerts at Saugerties Pro Musica; the Frederick Historical Piano Collection Concert Series; Bass Hall Concerts; Columbia Universities St Lukes Concert Series; the 1794 Meeting House Concert Series; the French Cultural Center of Boston; the Dweck Center, among others. Her 2014 release Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov and Poulenc with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen and her debut CD Folkfire with pianist Azusa Komiyama, released in October 2010, both received critical acclaim as well as National Public Radio play. As a Deans Scholar, Hartka earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She has studied with Andor Toth, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider, and Leslie Parnas.

 

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Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in the United States and internationally in Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand. Committed to authentic and powerful performance that builds bridges, Hartka's 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 Lézcano with recent concerts at Saugerties Pro Musica; the Frederick Historical Piano Collection Concert Series; Bass Hall Concerts; Columbia Universities St Lukes Concert Series; the 1794 Meeting House Concert Series; the French Cultural Center of Boston; the Dweck Center, among others.

In 2014 she released her second CD Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov and Poulenc with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen. According to the Boston Musical Intelligencer they "take this rich Russian music to new heights", stating 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.

Dr. Hartka completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello performance at Boston University College of Fine Arts in May 2007, as a four-year recipient of the Deans Scholar Award, and an elected member of Phi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honors Society. Hartka also completed a Masters 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 Kagan.