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Florence Sitruk

Professor of Music (Harp)

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Biography

Florence Sitruk is professor of music in harp at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Born to French-German parents, Sitruk took her first harp lesson at age six, with early studies at Stuttgart Music University and in Paris with Marielle Nordmann. Sitruk earned her Artist Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Susann McDonald, whom she calls decisive for her musical development, as well as with pianist György Sebök, who predicted she would become “one of the finest artists in her field.” Today, she is acclaimed internationally for her musical language, intelligent programming and pedagogic passion.

Winning first prize at the Rome International Harp Competition “Bucchi” for Music of the 20th Century led to Sitruk’s debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. As an invited soloist, she plays regularly with leading orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Strings, Lithuanian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She is in demand around the world and has toured countries such as Estonia, Morocco, Australia, and Asia.

Sitruk was appointed guest professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre at age 26 and at the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland, in 2014. Professor of harp at Geneva University of Music since 2005, she has long been the youngest professor in her field. A passionate chamber musician, she was artistic director of the Swiss chamber music festival Les Muséiques, succeeding Gidon Kremer, and founder of the Elias Parish Alvars Harp Festival in the virtuoso’s birth town of Teignmouth, England. She became artistic director of the Israel International Harp Contest in 2015.

Sitruk is the mother of young twin boys and a baby girl, and has been living with her family in Berlin and Geneva. She is an activist for hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare potentially life-threatening illness during pregnancy.