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Duo performs violin sonatas from newly released CD

Marcia Henry Liebenow, left, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Bradley lecturer in music Marcia Henry Liebenow, left, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi, international pianist and professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Marcia Henry Liebenow, Bradley lecturer in music, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi, international pianist and professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, gave a violin recital at the Dingeldine Music Center on March 13 to a standing room only crowd. The program consisted of two violin sonatas by Edvard Grieg and one by Mozart. Because of sustained ovations, the pair also played two encores. The recital was sponsored by the Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee and the Bradley Department of Music. The duo recorded the Grieg Violin Sonatas for a CD that will be released by Centaur Records on October 1.

Henry Liebenow is the Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at Bradley. She brings her beautiful and expressive playing to an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist across the United States and has appeared in Russia, Germany, and served as Primo Violino at the Orvieto Musica in Italy.

Henry Liebenow was honored in 2006 by the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois for her creative contribution to the community, awarded the “Outstanding Studio Teacher” honor by the Illinois American String Teachers Association in 2003, and has been nominated for Bradley University’s Parents Association “Award of Excellence” three times. Her university and high school students regularly win concerto competitions, awards, and scholarships.

Recent engagements include solos with orchestras in Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, and Washington, a chamber music recital with Chicago Symphony flutist Mathieu Dufour, recitals and master classes at Mansfield University and Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, and Mercer University in Georgia. With her Concordia String Trio, she has given recitals and lectures in Boston, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Vermont. She is also a member of the River City String Quartet. In the summer, she performs at the Peoria Bach Festival, and is a faculty artist at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin, and the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont.

The New England Conservatory of Music awarded Ms. Henry Liebenow the Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance where she studied with James Buswell and served as his teaching assistant. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees with highest honors in Performance from Ohio University.

Pompa-Baldi serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A silver medal winner at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he also won the 1999 Cleveland Competition and a top prize at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition. He teaches master classes around the world and at summer festivals including PianoFest in the Hamptons, TCU-Cliburn Institute and Southeastern Piano Festival at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Pompa-Baldi tours extensively on four continents, most recently in London, Warsaw, and Beijing. He has brought his elegant, exquisite touch on the keyboard to some of the world’s major concert venues including Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Naples’ Teatro Diana, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Paris’ Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. He has been seen and heard many times on French National Television Antenne 2 and Radio-France, Cleveland’s WCLV, Boston’s WGBH, and National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and appeared in the PBS documentary on the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, “Playing on the Edge.”