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Annette Bjorling
Evanston (Chicago Area), Illinois 60202
United States
Metro Area: Chicago
Booking and Information
Telephone: 847-475-3905
Email: harper@muziker.org
Website: www.muziker.org/annette
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Genres:

  • Classic
  • Klezmer
  • Jewish
  • East European Ethnic
  • Celtic
  • German
  • Showtunes
  • 50s Favorites

Categories:

  • Harpist
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Ensembles
  • Harp Teacher
  • Dance Teacher

Harps:

  • Pedal Harp
  • Lever Harp
  • Lap Harp
Local Travel: 100 miles (or more)
International Gigs: Yes

Performing Since:

1989

Also Provide Music Group: Yes
Available with Harp:
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Violins
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Recorder
  • Horn
  • Singer
Group Members:
  • Kurt Bjorling (Clarinet, Basset-Horn, Recorder)
  • Susan Crandall (Flute)
  • Steve Gibson (Violin)
  • and others
Description:

I perform a variety of music, as soloist or with ensembles. I developed eclectic repertoires for various occasions: from creating a festive ambience with background music, to entertaining (and educating) concerts, to lively dance music.

Promotional material and DEMO recordings are available, and I'm always happy to help my clients in any way I can.

Biography

I grew up in Germany and received musical education since early childhood. I studied harp at a private music school in Heidelberg, at the University of Hildesheim (both in Germany), and with various teachers on international Festivals, such as world-renowned Rόdiger Oppermann, Park Stickney and with Liz Cifani (Chicago).

   

I started performing & teaching in my youth, and kept developing it ever since...

   

I am a private harp teacher in Evanston/IL, harp and recorder teacher at The Musical Offering in Evanston/IL and at the North Shore School for the Arts, Glencoe/IL

   

I have been teaching and performing on various festivals throughout Europe and North America.

   

I am member of several performing ensembles, such as Duo Controverso (USA), Trio KaleidoPhon (Germany) and harpist and musical director of the KlezmerOrchester (Germany, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands)

   

In 1999/2000 I was engaged as harpist at the Folksbiene, Yiddish Theater Company, New York/NY.

   

I recorded CDs with my ensembles in Germany (1996-2001) and Duo Controverso (2002).

Repertoire Sample:
  • Classical - from Baroque to Modern:
    • Bach - various pieces, like: Praeludium, Italian Concerto, Jesu Joy ...
    • Chopin - various pieces, like: Waltzes, Mazurkas, Impromptu, Predlude
    • Corelli - various pieces
    • Debussy - various pieces, like: Clair de Lune, Prelude, Arabesque
    • Faure - various pieces, like: Pavane, Berceuse
    • Handel - Concerto, Passacaglia, and various other pieces
    • Hasselmanns - Nocturne, Feuilles D’Automne, and various other pieces
    • Hovhannes - Sonata, Nocturne, Garden of Adonis
    • Pachelbel’s Canon
    • Spohr - Sonata in C
    • Vivaldi - various pieces
    • many waltzes
    and many more...
  • Jewish Music:
    • various freylakhs, bulgars, horas and other traditional klezmer music
    • Ani Ole Yerushalayim
    • Basha’na
    • Erev Shel Shoshanim
    • Erev Ba
    • Od Yishama
    • Osse Shalom
    • Yerushalayim Shel Sahav
    and many more...
  • Greek & Turkish Dance Music

  • Melodies from the Balkans

  • Romanian Tunes

  • Celtic Music

  • Showtunes:
    • from Anatevka, like: Sunrise, Sunset
    • from Cats, like: Memory
    • from Phantom of the Opera, like: All I ask of you
    • from My Fair Lady, like: On the street where you live
    • from West Side Story, like: Somewhere
    • As Time goes by
    • Over the Rainbow
    and many more...
  • Jazzy tunes:
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Take Five
    • Nataliana
    • New Blues
    and many more...
  • 50's Favorites:
    • How High the Moon
    • I can Dream
    • I wanna be loved
    • Mr. Sandman
    • Unchained Melody
    and many more...
Listen to Audio Samples:
Passacaglia
by G.F. Handel
Wedding Processional
Maria Walks Along the Shore
Slovak Folk Tune, Arr. by D. Burton
Aivaloitikos
Greek Dance, Arr. Annette Bjorling
Berceuse
by Gabriel Faure
with clarinetist Kurt Bjorling
Kiever Sher
Klezmer Music
with clarinet and double bass
Desired Events:
  • Anniversary
  • Awards Night
  • Banquet
  • Birthday
  • Casino
  • Christening
  • Christmas Party
  • Church
  • Club
  • Coffee Shop
  • Community Event
  • Convention
  • Corporate Function
  • Country Club
  • Cruise Ship
  • Dinner Dance
  • Elderly Care Homes
  • Festival
  • Fund Raiser
  • Graduation Party
  • Grand Opening
  • Hotel
  • Movie Soundtrack
  • Private Party
  • Reception
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Resort
  • Restaurant
  • Reunion
  • Shower
  • Studio Session
  • Temple
  • TV Soundtrack
  • Wedding
Price Range:

$300 - $500 (per person)

Price Listing: Maybe additional fees for over time, travel, accommodation and PA system - if necessary.
Special deals for residencies and charities.

Visit my Website:

www.muziker.org/annette
Photo Gallery

Audio Samples
Passacaglia
by G.F. Handel
Wedding Processional
Maria Walks Along the Shore
Slovak Folk Tune, Arr. by D. Burton
Aivaloitikos
Greek Dance, Arr. Annette Bjorling
Berceuse
by Gabriel Faure
with clarinetist Kurt Bjorling
Kiever Sher
Klezmer Music
with clarinet and double bass

Recordings
Duo Controverso:
Gedanken - Thoughts
(2002)
KaleidoPhon!
klezmer mishpokhe
(2001)

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