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 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 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.
In 2008, Marcia received the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Music from Ohio University, and the Women in Leadership Award by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce. She has also been honored with the Outstanding Studio Teacher award from the Illinois American String Teachers’ Association, and for her creative contributions to the community by the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. 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 in Canada, and performed at the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont and the Affetti Music Festival in Alaska..
Marcia also adjudicates string competitions, presents Master Classes and coaches chamber music at schools and youth symphonies in the region and at festivals and universities nationwide. With Dr. John Jost, she presented a workshop 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.
Reviews say, “The highlight of the concert was the sensitive and skillful performance by Marcia Henry … captivating the audience from the opening bars,” and, “Henry achieved a solitary magic. She could not have possessed the piece any more completely in heart, soul, and fingers.” A review of her performance of the Bach Partita in E Major states, “I was enthralled with Henry Liebenow’s energy and drive. Playing from memory, she attacked this piece with a kind of abandon. I’ve seldom felt so riveted. Henry Liebenow’s wonderful musicality made these pieces dramatically alive.”
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. Her chamber music coaches have included Eugene Lehner, Robert Levin, Ron Leonard, Joseph Silverstein, Charles Treger, Samuel Sanders, and Margo Garrett.
Marcia is married to Mark Liebenow, writer (www.markliebenow.com), and she may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by postal mail at:
Marcia Henry Liebenow