Iraida Poberezhnaya holds two Doctoral Degrees in Harp, one from Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory of Music and another is from Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Olga Erdeli, a prominent harpist, People’s Artist of Russia. Iraida Poberezhnaya received her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Harp from Azerbaijan Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Poberezhnaya is a Winner of International Competition (Baku, 1990), and a participant of International Competition in Israel (Jerusalem, 1995), and USA International Competition (Bloomington, 1995).
Iraida is a harpist for many celebrity, goverment and Royalty events. The list includes Hollywood Stars, Royal Families, etc. Among those were numerous trips to the Neverland Ranch, to her favorite fan, Mr. Michael Jackson.
She is often a guest artist at Embassies Events.
Dr. Poberezhnaya is a Concert Harpist with International Recognition and a broad repertoire. She performs solo and in ensembles in Europe and in the United States. In the past few years, she has recorded a CD “Silvestre Revueltas” with Santa Barbara Symphony – 1999, KOCH Release, as well as “Ave Maria” CD recording with R. Lucente, 1998 Release. Among her recent perfrormnaces is a participation at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam (July, 2008).
She is currently working on several projects, upcoming is CD La Source.
Dr. Poberezhnaya’s teaching experience includes Azerbaijan Conservatory of Music, Baltimore Music School, Baltimore School for the Arts , University of Central Oklahoma, and Wilkes University. In her pedagogy Dr. Poberezhnaya embraces all the existing methods, including M. Grandjany’s, and C. Salzedo’s.
Orchestral Performances: Dr. Poberezhnaya performed with Santa Barbara Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Opera, Prince George Philharmonic (Washington DC), Santa Maria Philharmonic, Stanislavski Opera and Ballet Theatre (Moscow).
Dr. Poberezhnaya is an active member of American Harp Society. She was a President of Santa Barbara Harp Society , and President of Oklahoma City Chapter of American Harp Society. Dr. Poberezhnaya is a former Director of Santa Barbara Harp Festival (2000-2002).
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