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

2019

May 22–June 1 — Birdfoot Festival 2019

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 3–10 November IMS Prussia Cove Southwest Tour

6th November: Maker with Rame Community Hall
7th November: Calstock Arts
9th November: The Centre, Newlyn
10th November: Lelant Village Hall

Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K.424
Kodály: Serenade for two Violins and Viola, Op.12
Dvořák: String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106
Jenna Sherry & Susanne Schäffer, violins
Garfield Jackson, viola
James Barralet, cello

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November 30–December 2 — Improv Conference NOLA — Details TBA

2017

 

January 28 — Huskonsertene 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
Danny Driver, piano
Roy Femenella, horn
Jenna Sherry, violin

March 16 — House Concert at 22 Mansfield Street 7:30pm, London
Bartok, Dohnanyi, Brahms
With Daniel Löwenberg, piano

March 22 Lullaby 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 24/25 Faust 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 1 Acht 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 3 — Birdfoot Festival 2017

September 16 Warsaw Autumn Festival with Experimental Studio
Unsuk Chin: Double Bind?

September 17 Warsaw Autumn Festival with Experimental Studio
Program includes Zuraj, Wang, Heusinger.

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
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 3
Biber: Battalia Schubert: String Quintet
Mendelssohn: Octet

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

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