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.
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 Japanese imperial 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 premieres of the Offenbach Cello Concerto in G, the Viotti Cello Concerto in C, numerous Vivaldi cello concertos, and the North American premiere of the Bliss Cello Concerto. Among her many recordings 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.
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 catalogue spans many musical styles and genres, and she has won many awards and distinctions for her recordings, including five 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 Canadians in all fields who bring most credit to their country.
On The Rock marks the 44th recording for Ofra Harnoy. She joined the Analekta label in 2018, and this is her second CD for them in collaboration with her husband, Mike Herriott.