Jenna Sherry
From New Orleans, violinist Jenna Sherry is based in London. A versatile chamber musician who also specializes in historical performance, Jenna has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Barbican Hall, the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, and in the City of London Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, violinist András Keller, and cellist Steven Isserlis.

She has participated in chamber music festivals around the world, including the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival (NL), Taos Chamber Music School and Festival (USA), and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (UK) where she regularly attends the invitation-only Open Chamber Music sessions. Jenna has recorded Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? for solo violin and electronics for BBC broadcast, collaborating with the work’s original creators at IRCAM and performing it on the BBC Total Immersion series.

Jenna leads the Faust Chamber Orchestra in London and regularly plays with groups such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, and John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists.

While growing up in New Orleans, Jenna studied with Mary Anne Fairlie and Valerie Paullette. Selected as Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008, Jenna received a Masters in Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She previously received her Bachelors of Music and French from Indiana University where she studied with Mark Kaplan as a Herman B. Wells Scholar. More recently she has worked with Ferenc Rados, András Keller, and Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Jenna is an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School (Surrey, UK), a specialist music school for students between 8-18 years old.

Jenna is founder and Artistic Director of the
Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans, praised for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-bending style.”

September 2016 — IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music

October 14/15Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival (Holland)
“Sensitive Dialogues”
Beethoven, LeBrun, and Clara Schumann
With Prach Boondiskulchok, fortepiano

October 17-24Birdfoot Festival Artist Residency
Brahms: Inside the Composer’s Workshop

November 17 — London Jazz Festival event at the Rabbit Hole with Will Bartlett

December 2-5English Baroque Orchestra tour

December 7 — Bartók: Collector and Composer
6pm, Bartók House, Budapest
With Nandor Götz, clarinet, and Dániel Löwenberg, piano

December 14 — Liszt, Bartók and Beyond: The Verbunkos and Hungarian Folk Music
6pm, Bartók House, Budapest
With Nandor Götz, clarinet, and Dániel Löwenberg, piano


January 28Huskonsertene i Rissa (Norway)
Beethoven, LeBrun, Clara Schumann with Prach Boondiskulchok

February 15/16 Ligeti Split: Mini Ligeti Festival
Birdfoot Festival Artist Residency, New Orleans
February 15: Birdfoot Backstage — Ligeti Horn Trio
February 16: Danny Driver in Recital

March 16 — House Concert at 22 Mansfield Street
7:30pm, London
Bartok, Dohnanyi, Brahms
With Daniel Löwenberg, piano
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March 22Lullaby Too Rough
7pm Kings Place, London (Hall One)

Howe: Prologue to Lullaby Too Rough
Boondiskulchok: Night Suite for Piano Trio performance accompanied by visual poem, Lullaby Too Rough
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défuncte (arr. Linos Piano Trio)
Howe: Tame from Loop of Jade
Boondiskulchok: Goose Daughter for voice and piano quartet (*European Premiere)

Sarah Howe - Poet and Speaker
Prach Boondiskulchok - Composer and Pianist
Konrad Elias-Trostmann - Violin
Vladimir Waltham - Cello
Catherine Hopper - Mezzo-Soprano
Jenna Sherry - Viola

March 24/25Faust Chamber Orchestra Chamber Series
Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartets

March 24th: 7pm, St. Anne’s Kew Green
March 25th: 7:30pm, Penn House, Buckinghamshire

May 1Acht Brücken Festival, Cologne
6pm, Funkhaus, Wallrafplatz
With the Experimental Studio of the SWR
Including Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind?, and music by Nono, Zuraj, Wang.

May 24-June 3Birdfoot Festival 2017

July 26-8
— Recording, Budapest
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All images on this website by photographer Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee.
Birdfoot Festival
Recognized for its fresh approach and “fiery, committed, intensely personal” music-making (Chris Waddington, Times Picayune), the Birdfoot Festival celebrated its 5th anniversary in May 2016. Taking a cue from other creative industries, the Birdfoot Festival aims to be an incubator for performers who are more than just performers—exceptional artists who are also on a mission to make classical and contemporary music, and chamber music in particular, more visible and accessible. The festival’s model seeks to address the needs of artists, audiences, and local student musicians alike: Birdfoot provides a framework for in-depth collaboration between emerging and established international artists who, in turn, provide intensive coaching, instruction, and mentoring to local music students enrolled in the festival’s Young Artist Chamber Music (recipient of the 2016 Big Easy Education Award). The result is a series of innovative live (and lively) chamber music concerts, events, and programs throughout New Orleans that engage the community and allow audiences to connect with music, the musicians, and the wonderful process of music-making.
“...fiery, committed, intensely personal readings…the risk-taking energy was palpable…”

— Chris Waddington, Times-Picayune
Audio Portrait of the 2014 Birdfoot Festival by Joe Stolarick:
Photo Essay on the 2014 Birdfoot Festival by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee.
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