Judith Eissenberg

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We are happiest when we are making...as a teacher, a performer, and human being, I hope to inspire making.

Judith Eissenberg joined Boston Conservatory in 2001 as chamber music instructor, and is now chamber music coordinator.

Founding member and second violinist of the internationally acclaimed Lydian String Quartet, Judith performs the full range of chamber music, from standard and contemporary literature, to collaborations across musical tradition. With the quartet, she commissions (the LSQ has a biennial commission competition) and premieres new works, records, and tours in the U.S. and abroad. In its first decade, the Lydian String Quartet was awarded top prizes in international competitions at Evian (1982), Portsmouth (1985), Banff (1983) and the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music (1984). The quartet is recognized for its depth of interpretation, performing with "a precision and involvement marking them as among the world's best quartets" (Chicago Sun-Times).

In the Boston area, Judith has played with the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Emmanuel Music. She has expertise in period-instrument performance, and was a member and soloist of Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. Judith is co-founder of Music from Salem (a chamber music festival in upstate New York), and is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. Judith is a Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University, where she founded and directs MusicUnitesUS, whose mission is to further the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through music. At Brandeis, she teaches Introduction to World Music and chamber music. Judith is interested in the intersections of music and social transformation, and in environmental concerns.  She enjoys collaborations across the arts, including visual arts, dance, and poetry, and is looking for ways to have artistic ‘conversations’ with the sciences.

Judith earned her B.M. at State University of New York, Purchase, and her M.M. at the Yale School of Music. She currently resides in Harvard, Massachusetts.