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Richard Fleisher, Principal Harp

Dickie Fleisher, principal harp, began studying the harp at the age of 10. His first teacher was his grandmother, Nettie Druzinsky, who was the accompanist for fan dancer Sally Rand.

After graduating from the University of Miami, Fleisher joined the Naples Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet orchestra. Fleisher was the principal harpist with the Nagoya (Japan) Symphony and the Orchestra of the Mineria (Mexico). He is the son of pianist Leon Fleisher and nephew of Edward Druzinsky, former principal harpist with the Chicago Symphony. Fleisher's two sisters are harpists in Miami and Washington and his wife, Kayo Ishimaru, is the harpist with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony. Fleisher's latest recording is entitled The Enchanted Oboe with Andrew Snedeker, oboe, and James Cochran, keyboard.

In his spare time he enjoys playing with his three German Shepherds, Rodan, Gedora and Momo, and tries to corner the world market on harps. Fleisher has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1983.

Richard Fleisher is underwritten by Jane P. Berger.

Name: Dickie Fleisher

Instrument: Harp

Hometown: Miami Beach, FL

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 10

Who have been your greatest musical influences? My grandmother, Nettie Druzinsky.

Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? A contender.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Bach, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Your hobbies and interests: Cornering the world market on harps; some ping-pong.

Daily practice rituals: Harping, exercise, ping pong & two out of three is a good day.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Why are there different colored strings?" My answer: "I don't know, I'm still working on it."

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Getting paid for what I do!

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