Acclaimed as a composer of “truly beautiful” and “hauntingly moving” music, Philadelphia native AMANDA HARBERG engages audiences and performers alike on both emotional and intellectual levels.
Harberg’s recent commissions include orchestral works for the Grand Rapids Symphony and the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Venus Unhinged by the Albany Symphony and David Alan Miller, Feathers and Wax for flutist Julietta Curenton’s debut with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, commissioned by violist Brett Deubner, Of Earth and Air by the University of Nevada Reno Symphony Orchestra, and and a new piece for pipe organ by Helen Hofmeister Hawley and the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.
Her works have been played by ensembles including the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire, the National Symphony of Ecuador, the American Composers Orchestra, the Thuringer Symphoniker, the American Modern Ensemble, the Olympia Philharmonic Society, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, the FAUST Youth Symphony, the Harmonium Choral Society, the New York Licorice Ensemble, and many more.
Harberg’s awards include a Fulbright/Hays Fellowship to study with Frederic Rzewski in Belgium, two Meet the Composer Creative Connections grants, the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Award, the Juilliard School’s Peter Menin Prize, a MacDowell Colony summer residency, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award, and grants from foundations including the Mellon Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, a Live Music for Dance grant, and the New York State Music Teachers Association. As in- house composer for Common Good Productions, Harberg has also composed music for an award winning feature documentary, as well as documentaries on PBS and for the Teaching Channel.
Harberg has recordings out on Koch International, Albany Records, Centaur Records, Walking Frog Records and upcoming recordings on American Modern Ensemble Records. She has taught at Juilliard, Interlochen, the Luzerne Music Center and the ASTA Chamber Music Institute, as well as maintaining an active private teaching studio since 1997. Harberg received her BM and MM from the Juilliard School where she studied with Stephen Albert, Robert Beaser and David Diamond, and where she was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding accomplishment. Harberg lives in Glen Ridge, NJ with her husband, Micah Fink and their two children, Lucas and Sydney.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo For SydneyFor Viola 7:00 Viola Chamber Ensemble Birding In The PalisadesFor Flute/Piccolo, Bb Clarinet, And Piano 12:00 Mixed Trio Court DancesSuite for Flute and Piano 13:00 Flute, Piano ElegyFor Viola And Piano 9:00 Viola, Piano Feathers And Waxfor Flute And Piano 7:00 Flute, Piano Poem and Transformationsfor Flute and Piano 8:00 Flute, Piano Prayerfor Flute and Piano 4:00 Flute, Piano PrayerFor Viola And Piano 5:00 Viola, Piano Sadie’s Birthday AdventuresFor Narrator, Bass Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Double Bass, Percussion, And Piano 7:00 Chamber Ensemble Sonatafor Bb Clarinet and Piano 12:00 Clarinet with Piano Tenement RhapsodyFor Clarinet Octet 14:00 Clarinet Octet Tenement Rhapsodyfor Two Pianos 12:00 2 Pianos Orchestra Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 18:30 Solo Vla.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str. Elegyfor Orchestra 8:30 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str. Elegyfor Viola and String Orchestra Solo Vla.; Str. Of Earth and Airfor Orchestra 5:00 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl. dbl. Bb Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str. Prayerfor Orchestra 5:20 2(2nd dbl. Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Hp. Str.
A sultry excursion into lyricism…
–New York Times
Amanda Harberg continues to earn acclaim for her charismatic, energetic, and sensitive approach to writing across all instrumentations and genres.
–Shelley Martinson, The Flutist Quarterly
for Flute and Piano
“Court Dances” holds up to the high standard of flute composition [Harberg has] set for herself. […] Playful yet driving, Harberg’s writing reflects harmonic depth.
–Shelley Martinson, The Flutist Quarterly
for Viola and Piano
Amanda Harberg’s crisp, focused “Philadelphia Suite” for viola and piano stood out. Her music is always to the point. When it is lively, even fun, it is in a most audience-engaging manner. At other times she evokes a most hauntingly moving emotional landscape.
–Classical New Jersey Society
for Flute and Piano
…heartfelt and expressive… powerful. Beautiful… in a variety of settings, from church services to concert halls.
–Timothy Hagen, The Flutist Quarterly
for Clarinet Ensemble
…skillfully and idiomatically scored, rhythmically complex, challenging to play and exciting to hear. Clarinet ensembles with professional-level members who enjoy contemporary idioms and the challenge of virtuosic counterpoint will find this piece a wonderful new repertoire option.
for Two Pianos
…bustles with what sounds like hints of honky-tonk.
–Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Amanda Harberg’s “Venus Unhinged” with Micah Fink’s often lustrous images of the heavens to verse by Eliza Griswold and Margaret Atwood was wonderfully orchestrated, exotic, mystical and fit together. The third movement was especially evocative and very beautiful.
–Albany Daily Gazette
AMANDA HARBERG: VIOLA CONCERTO & ELEGY
(8559840); July 14, 2017
Performer(s): Brett Deubner, viola; Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Linus Lerner, conductor
Work(s): Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
POWERHOUSE PIANISTS, VOL. 2: WORKS FOR TWO PIANOS
American Modern Recordings (AMR1039); March 31, 2015
Performer(s): Blair McMillen, Stephen Gosling, pianos
Work(s): Tenement Rhapsody: I. Subway
NEW AMERICAN WORKS FOR CLARINET ENSEMBLE
Nippon Acoustic Records Inc. (NAR0169); March 21, 2013
Performer(s): NY Licorice Ensemble
Work(s): Tenement Rhapsody
PALISADES VIRTUOSI – NEW AMERICAN MASTERS, VOL. 4
Albany Records (TROY1339); March 13, 2012
Performer(s): Palisades Virtuosi, Marni Nixon, narrations
Work(s): Birding in the Palisades
Centaur Records (CRC3002); March 30, 2010
Performer(s): Eileen Strempel, soprano, Sylvie Beaudette, piano
Koch International Classics (CD 7533); November 26, 2002
Performer(s): Susan Glaser, flute, Karl Paulnack, piano
Work(s): Poem and Transformations
2014: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award
New York Youth Symphony First Music Prize
Juilliard Peter Menin Prize
MacDowell Colony Residency
for Viola and String OrchestraOf Earth and Air