Local Richmond Music Educator Earns Top Award
Lynnelle Ediger-Kordzaia and the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE) recently added another stage of world renown to their resume, playing a concert at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on February 6, 2011. The performance drew sighs from the audience, many experiencing the sound of 40 harps for the very first time. The end of this triumphant concert brought yet another honor when Ediger-Kordzaia was awarded The American Alliance for Performing Arts Educators 5th Annual Del Keiffner Award for Outstanding Arts Educator. The award is a presentation of the Kennedy Center.
“The award was a lovely surprise, but the best part of the day was the remarkable performance by the American Youth Harp Ensemble. Our young musicians gave a dynamic performance filled with artistry, energy and virtuosity. Seeing and hearing 40 perfectly attuned harps in that world-class hall, with the history of extraordinary music making that has taken place on that very stage, was nothing short of awe-inspiring!”, said Ediger-Kordzaia.
This past December Ediger-Kordzaia and the AYHE played in the East Room of the White House and toured Austria. They have played at the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, have made two appearances at Carnegie Hall and have toured such European cities as London, Paris, Edinburgh and Maastricht.
For more information about the American Youth Harp Ensemble visit harpensemble.org.