Biography

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, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, pianist Danny Driver, 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 composer and the work’s original creators at IRCAM and most recently performing the piece with the Experimental Studio des SWR in Cologne’s Acht Brücken Festival.

Jenna is a member of the Freiburg-based ExperimentalEnsemble , 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 and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

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. While growing up in New Orleans, her formative teachers were Mary Anne Fairlie and Valerie Poullette. More recent inspiration has come from work with Ferenc Rados, András Keller, and Pavlo Beznosiuk.

In September 2017, Jenna joined the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague’s School for Young Talent . Jenna previously taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School (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.”

Schedule

2020

 
January 3–5 — Recording, Budapest Music Center, Hungary

January 19 — Placitas Arts Series, Placitas NM

May 20–30 — Birdfoot Festival 2020
 

2019

 
November 28 — Private Concert, Leiden, Netherlands

PAST EVENTS

 

2019

 
April 12–19 — Faculty, Stringtime NiederRhein Goch, Germany

May 22 –June 1 — Birdfoot Festival 2019

August 20–September 7 — Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Tour

September 8-15 — IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music

September 21 — Kurtág, Czernowin, and Tenney with Experimental Studio des SWR, Freiburg

October 3 — Private Concert, Budapest, Hungary

 

2018

 
January 29-31 — Recording, Budapest Music Center

February 25–March 3 — Birdfoot Festival Spring Artist Residency

May 23-June 2 — Birdfoot Festival 2018

September 9–16 — IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music

August 30–September 5 — Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Tour

October 10, 12, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 — Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Tour

November 3–10IMS Prussia Cove Southwest Tour
November 6 – Maker with Rame Community Hall
November 7 – Calstock Arts
November 9 – The Centre, Newlyn
November 10 – Lelant Village Hall

November 30–December 2 — Improv Conference NOLA
December 1 — Panel Discussion, New Orleans Jazz Museum
December 2 — Messing with Mozart—The Surprising Art of Classical Improvisation

 

2017

 
January 28 — Huskonsertene i Rissa (Norway)

February 15/16 — Ligeti Split: Mini Ligeti Festival Birdfoot Festival Artist Residency, New Orleans

March 16 — House Concert at 22 Mansfield Street, London

March 22 Lullaby Too Rough
Kings Place, London (Hall One)

March 24/25 Faust Chamber Orchestra Chamber Series

May 1 Acht Brücken Festival, Cologne

May 24-June 3 — Birdfoot Festival 2017

September 16 Warsaw Autumn Festival with Experimental Studio

September 17 Warsaw Autumn Festival with Experimental Studio

September 24-October 1IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music

October 18-25 — Birdfoot Festival Fall Educational Residency, New Orleans

November 24-26 —  Chamber Music with members of Monteverdi Orchestras

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Birdfoot Festival

Recognized for its fresh approach and “fiery, committed, intensely personal” music-making (Chris Waddington, Times Picayune), the Birdfoot Festival celebrates its 7th season in May 2018. 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 relevant, 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 coaching and mentoring to local music students enrolled in the festival’s Young Artist Chamber Music Program (recipient of the 2016 Big Easy Award for Arts Education). The result is a series of innovative live (and lively) chamber music concerts and events throughout New Orleans that engage the community and allow audiences to connect with music, get to know the musicians, and share the excitement of live music-making.

“…fiery, committed, intensely personal readings…the risk-taking energy was palpable…”

— Chris Waddington, Times-Picayune

Click here to find out more about the Birdfoot Festival.

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