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September 2017

Artists › Jennifer Stumm

Violist JENNIFER STUMM is one of the world’s dynamic and creative leaders for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music. Hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of her playing, Stumm appears on many of the world’s great stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, Sala São Paulo, and the Wigmore Hall, London.

Her solo career was launched after victories in three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize.) This year’s highlights include her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performances with orchestras on four continents, the complete chamber works of Brahms in Tel Aviv, and debuts at major festivals MITO in Milan and Vinterfest in Sweden. Jennifer’s TED talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, “The Imperfect Instrument,” was named an editor’s pick of all talks on Her festival and social project in São Paulo, Brazil, Ilumina, now in its third year, works to identify and advance extraordinary young talent from the developing world onto the international stage.

Born in the United States of Cherokee and German heritage, Jennifer studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School with Karen Tuttle and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Nobuko Imai. Jennifer Stumm is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London and gives masterclasses around the world. She performs on a viola by Gasparo da Salò, c 1590, generously on permanent loan from a private collection.