Judy Kadar

Judy Kadar, the Hungarian born harpist and pioneer in the field of historical harp began her harp studies at the famous High School of Music and Art in New York City. Later she attended New York University, Mannes College of Music and Sarah Lawrence College where she earned a Masters Degree in the performance of medieval and renaissance music. Harp instruction with Lucile Lawrence was an inspiration both during and after her formal education.

In 1984, she conceived, initiated and for seven years directed the Annual Historical Harp Conference at the Amherst Early Music Festival. This travelling event is now under the auspices of the American Historical Harp Society.

She performed on stage in productions of reknown German theatre director Peter Zakek and dance theatre director Rheinhild Hoffman. She was music director and performed in various productions of the 14th century Roman de Fauvel under the direction of Andrea von Ramm, Ilse Scheer and Ellen Esser. This year there will be another performance for the 700th anniversary of the work.

Twenty six years ago, together with historical wind instrument specialist Klaus Sonnemann, she founded and has been co-directing the ensemble Collage-forum for early music berlin (www.collagefruehemusik.). The group performs music of the 13th through 17th centuries with singers and historical instruments in various combinations ranging from two to ten performers. They have a concert series in the 14th Century Gothic Hall of the Spandau Citadel. Last year, Historical music in a historical space celebrated its eleventh anniversary.

On January 12, 2011, on the 100th Anniversary of the death of the Berliner Harfenjule (Harp Julie: Luise Nordman, a famous street musician who sang and accompanied herself on the German hook harp), JK organized harp festivities with 15 harp players in the cemetery at her memorial monument (www.harfenjule.org). Later that year there was an academic conference and a harp concert in her memory.

Some of the festivals where she has performed and or taught are: Amherst Early Music Festival, Madison Early Music Festival, Gotisches Haus Festival, Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz, Stra├če der Musik, Juedische Kulturtage, 12th World Harp Congress Sydney. She has also taught masterclasses at: BUTI (Boston University), Tangelwood, and Longy School of Music.

She is featured in many radio and CD recordings