Amanda Harberg

  • 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.


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    Solo
    For Sydney
    For Viola
    114-41680 :7:00 Viola
    Chamber Ensemble
    Birding In The Palisades
    For Flute/Piccolo, Bb Clarinet, And Piano
    114-41678 12:00 Mixed Trio
    Court Dances
    Suite for Flute and Piano
    114-41874 13:00 Flute, Piano
    Feathers And Wax
    for Flute And Piano
    114-41677 7:00 Flute, Piano
    Poem and Transformations
    for Flute and Piano
    114-41679 8:00 Flute, Piano
    Prayer
    for Flute and Piano
    114-41876 4:00 Flute, Piano
    Prayer
    For Viola And Piano
    114-41675 :5:00 Viola, Piano
    Sonata
    for Bb Clarinet and Piano
    114-41747 12:00 Clarinet with Piano
    Sadie’s Birthday Adventures
    For Narrator, Bass Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Double Bass, Percussion, And Piano
    114-41803 :7:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Tenement Rhapsody
    For Clarinet Octet
    114-41676 :14:00 Clarinet Octet
    Tenement Rhapsody
    for Two Pianos
    110-41811 12:00 2 Pianos
    Orchestra
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 22164 18:30 Solo Vla.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    Elegy
    for Orchestra
    22165 8:30 2 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str.
    Elegy
    for Viola and String Orchestra
    22166 8:30 Solo Vla.; Str.
    Of Earth and Air
    for Orchestra
    22167 5:00 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl. dbl. Bb Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    Prayer
    for Orchestra
    22168 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

    COURT DANCES
    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

    PHILADELPHIA SUITE
    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

    PRAYER
    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

    TENEMENT RHAPSODY
    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.
    –The Clarinet

    TENEMENT RHAPSODY
    for Two Pianos
    …bustles with what sounds like hints of honky-tonk.
    –Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

    VENUS UNHINGED
    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 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
    Elegy
    Powerhouse Pianists, Vol. 2: Works For Two Pianos 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 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 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
    (In)Habitation (IN)HABITATION
    Centaur Records (CRC3002); March 30, 2010
    Performer(s): Eileen Strempel, soprano, Sylvie Beaudette, piano
    Work(s): Memory
    Mountain Songs MOUNTAIN SONGS
    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
    Fulbright/Hays Fellowship
    MacDowell Colony Residency

  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    Elegy
    for Orchestra
    Elegy
    for Viola and String Orchestra
    Of Earth and Air
    for Orchestra
    Prayer
    for Orchestra

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