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Jerilyn Jorgensen

Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin

Jerilyn Jorgensen is a member of the performance faculty of Colorado College and has been adjunct faculty in violin and chamber music at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. She is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. From 1980-2004 she was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet, and as a member of that ensemble she has performed throughout the United States, been a prizewinner in the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  Her recordings of string chamber music by Arthur Foote and Charles Martin Loeffler  appear on the Naxos label. Her performances with the quartet have been praised as “…abundant in feeling and fire” (Milwaukee Journal), “taut, confident playing, brimming with thrust and color” (Los Angeles Times), and as exhibiting “ease, authority, and thoroughgoing excellence” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Concerts from 2016-2018 included the complete Beethoven Sonatas in Colorado Springs and Denver with pianist Cullan Bryant, as well as appearances in New Mexico, Potsdam, NY, Boston, and elsewhere in Colorado. As a performer of historically informed concerts on original instruments, she has appeared with Mr. Bryant at the Frederick Collection of Historical Pianos in Ashburnham, MA, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and the Loring-Greenough House in Boston.   She and Mr. Bryant are currently at work recording the complete Beethoven sonatas on period instruments at the Frederick Collection, and have been invited to present a concert at the Historic Keyboard Society of North America 2018 Conference in May.

Ms. Jorgensen holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.  Her modern violin is by Sanctus Serafin from 1728, and her classically set-up instrument is by Viennese maker Antonius Carolus Leeb, from 1797.  For classical-period concerts she has use of an anonymous English bow from 1780 on generous loan from Darnton and Hersh Fine Violins, Chicago.

We welcome Jerilyn Jorgensen to her fourth concert on our series.