BUFFALO, N.Y. - There are typically just a handful of openings in the entire country when it comes to harp players looking for work with an orchestra. One of those musicians can be found playing with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Appointed BPO's Principal Harp in 2018, Cheryl Losey Feder, has earned distinction as one of America's leading harpists, receiving national and international awards, and performing in diverse settings around the world.
Top prizes she has received include the Alice Rosner Prize at the Munich International Competition, one of the world's most prestigious music contests; First Prize and Grandjany Prize in the American Harp Society's National Solo Competition; and First Prize in the American String Teacher's Association National Solo Competition.
Feder was also awarded John Ringling Towers Performing Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County in support of her debut solo album, A Story.
While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she was honored to receive the Presser Scholarship, the Institute's highest award for undergraduates; the Jim Hall Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement; and three times received the Alice Chalifoux Harp Prize.
Feder's orchestral career began as Principal Harp with the Sarasota Orchestra, a position she held for eight years. She has also performed with ensembles including The Cleveland Orchestra; and the St. Louis, Dallas, Houston and San Diego Symphonies; and has performed and toured extensively with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Second Harpist and Guest Principal. Festival credits include the Pacific Music Festival in Japan; Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Aspen Music Festivals; and the Sun Valley Symphony.
As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Sarasota Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and National Repertory Orchestra. Her love of sharing music has led to performances in over 20 countries and 6 continents, in venues from the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, to the townships of Soweto, South Africa and orphanages of Kingston, Jamaica.
As an educator, she is honored to serve as faculty of the PRISMA Festival in British Columbia. Feder received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of soloist and recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis. She is a native of Harpswell, Maine, where she began study of the harp at age 5.