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Hailed by The Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” and “phosphorescent energy” of her playing, violist Jennifer Stumm is internationally recognized as a musical innovator and dynamic advocate for her instrument. Featured on the cover of the Winter 2011 SYMPHONY Magazine and quoted extensively in the “Voices of Change” emerging artists profile in that issue, Ms. Stumm is the winner of three major competitions: Concert Artists Guild in 2006, where she took First Prize as the first solo violist in the 60-year history of the Competition; and the William Primrose and Geneva Competitions in 2005. Also in 2005, Ms. Stumm was honored with an award from the Vriendenkrans of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
2011-12 orchestral highlights include a concerto appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing Gabriela Lena Frank’s moving La Llorona, and also a performance of concerti by Hindemith and Weber with the Long Bay Symphony (Myrtle Beach, SC). Featured recitals include The Artist Series of Tallahassee, FL and a return engagement as a guest artist at the Philadelphia Brahms Festival presented by Astral Artists.
Ms. Stumm’s debut recording for Naxos’ Laureate Series is a CD of works by Italian composer/violist Alessandro Rolla (1757-1841), who played a crucial role in the development of the viola as an important concert instrument. Joined by pianist Connie Shih and violinist Liza Ferschtman, the CD was just released to critical acclaim: “…a very polished and suave violist. She plays dead in tune, and her bowing is supple and lively.” (American Record Guide). In 2007-08, Jennifer Stumm also embarked on a series of exciting collaborations for the BBC, including Britten's Lachrymae in Scotland and a festival of Russian music at the acclaimed Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, all for broadcast. Previous broadcasts of her performances have been heard on the BBC as well as the Dutch, Irish and German National Radio Networks.
Recent appearances of note include debuts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the famed “Grachten” Festival in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center (on the Washington Performing Arts Society series), the Ravinia Festival's Rising Stars Series, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the River to River Festival’s Summer Stars series and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, as well as appearances at Wigmore Hall in London, the International Viola Congress (in Montreal and Arizona) and the Kilkenny Festival in Ireland.
As a concerto soloist, Ms. Stumm’s recent performances include the Walton Viola Concerto with the New Haven Symphony, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Dupage (IL) and Bangor (ME) Symphonies (partnered with CAG violinist Michi Wiancko). She has also appeared with orchestra at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with Yan-Pascal Tortellier conducting.
A great proponent of chamber music, Jennifer Stumm was violist of the acclaimed London-based Aronowitz Ensemble, resident New Generation Artists at the BBC, and is a regular participant at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, both in Cornwall, England and on tour. Her collaborative partners have included members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri, Vermeer and Alban Berg Quartets, the period ensemble L'Archibudelli and pianist Christopher O'Riley. She performs regularly at prominent festivals such as Marlboro, Verbier, Spoleto and Aldeburgh.
A native of Atlanta, Jennifer Stumm is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London. She began viola studies at the age of eight and now devotes time to master classes and educational outreach with the hope that younger musicians will be similarly encouraged. Her principal teacher in Atlanta was Marilyn Seelman. Ms. Stumm holds a Bachelors of Music degree from the Curtis Institute as a student of Karen Tuttle and pursued interests in astronomy and politics at the University of Pennsylvania at the same time. Ms. Stumm also earned a Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School. Currently, she divides her time between musical commitments in the US and Europe, where her recent mentors have been violist Nobuko Imai and cellist Steven Isserlis.
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