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Ofra Harnoy: Bio

Ofra Harnoy has established herself as one of the greatest cellists on the world's concert stage. She is one of Canada's most celebrated personalities and is a Member of the Order of Canada. By joining the international artists roster of RCA Victor Red Seal in 1987, Ms. Harnoy became the first Canadian classical instrumental soloist since Glen Gould to gain an exclusive worldwide contract with a major record label.

Ofra Harnoy was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada at age 6. She studied with William Pleeth, Vladimir Orloff, Mstislav Rostropovich and participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Pierre Fournier, and Jacqueline du Pré. She has given concerts on five continents and has played at the request of Prince Charles, President Bill Clinton, three Canadian Prime Ministers, and several times for the Imperial Japanese family.

Ms. Harnoy has recorded more than 40 solo albums and commands a vast repertoire. She has also premiered many important works including the world premiere of the Offenbach cello Concerto in G, the world premiere of the Viotti cello Concerto in C, many world premiere Vivaldi cello concertos and the North American premiere of the Bliss Cello Concerto. Among her many recording and live performance collaborations are: Placido Domingo, Sting, Sir Charles Mackerras, Loreena McKennitt, Colin Tilney, Igor Oistrakh, Jesse Cook, Cyprien Katsaris, Claudio Scimone, Charles Dutoit, Jeffrey Tait, Anton Kuerti, and Emmy Verhey.

Ms. Harnoy has won numerous music competitions and in 1982 was the youngest first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award which led to her Carnegie Hall debut.

Ofra Harnoy is a gifted interpreter who wins critical raves for her performances all over the world. She has toured extensively in Europe, the Far East, Australia, and the Americas, and has performed with many of the top orchestras and most noteworthy conductors of our time. Her recording catalog spans many musical styles and genres and she has won many awards and distinctions for her recordings, including 5 JUNO Awards (Canada), the Grand Prix du Disque, and Critics Choice Awards from a number of international magazines. Ofra Harnoy was once named by Maclean's (Canada's national weekly magazine) as one of the 12 Canadian's in all fields who bring most credit to their country.

1 She's Like the Swallow  
2 Saltwater Joys  
3 Donald Willie and His Dog  
4 St. John's Waltz / Cara's Waltz  
5 Green Shores of Fogo  
6 Sonny's Dream  
7 Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's  
8 Two Ronnies  
9 Cliffs of Baccalieu  
10 Harbour Buffett Double  
11 Mussels in the Corner  
12 Barrett's Privateers  
13 Petty Harbour Bait Skiff  
14 Lonely Waterloo  
St John's Waltz
Ofra Harnoy's take on Sonny's Dream
Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's

For her second recording on the Analekta label, On the Rock, superstar cellist and five-time Juno Award winner Ofra Harnoy was inspired to celebrate the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. Upon visiting "The Rock" in the summer of 2018, the cellist immediately fell in love with the place and its people. "The more I explore this beautiful island and get to know the people, food, and the culture, the more I feel Newfoundland becoming a part of me. Through these songs I can really express the wonderful connection I have with my new home," says Harnoy. 

Her husband, Mike Herriott, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and co-producer of the album, adds "With the guidance and contribution of Bob Hallett, we were able to compile a selection of songs, jigs, and reels that Ofra felt she really connected with and that told a story of what she has come to know and love about the province."