Susan Jensen, violin

Violinist Susan Jensen is a collaborative artist of the first rank. Her wide-ranging career includes extensive experience in traditional classical music – solo, chamber and orchestral – and also crosses boundaries to embrace experimental and microtonal music, historically-informed styles from early baroque to modern, and forays into pop, rock, film and television. Teaming up with several of today’s leading composers, Susan has commissioned, premiered and recorded substantial and intriguing solo works, including the Grammy-nominated Concerto for Violin with Gamelan by Bill Alves, a virtuosic piece which marries extended violin techniques and non-western tuning systems in a traditional classical form. “This music is mesmerizing and quite beautiful. Susan Jensen’s superb violin playing, with its rich and languorous musical lines, overlays the soft, delicate and glimmering sounds of the bronze gamelan instruments” Annette Sanger, The Whole Note, February 2016. Susan also commissioned and premiered the compelling and uncommon Wound for singing violinist by Conrad Kehn. Her collaborations with composers have also led to the creation of works like the Ninth String Quartet by renowned American composer Samuel Adler, premiered and recorded while she was Violin Professor at the University of Missouri and a member of the Esterhazy String Quartet. 
A passionate chamber musician, Susan has been a member of several preeminent ensembles including the award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society, the ground-breaking new music ensemble Xtet, and the internationally acclaimed DaVinci and Esterhazy String Quartets. She has traveled the globe far and wide performing internationally throughout Southern China, in Brazil for the XXV Festival Internacional de Musica do Para, in Italy at Castel San Giogrio, and nationally at the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, Warebrook Festival, Microfest, New Music Symposium and Eastern Sierra Music Festival. Susan has performed and recorded with many fine artists, such as Italian keyboard specialist Enrico Baiano, winner of the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d'Or, Choc de la Musique and Platte des Monats, with whom she has recorded Bach Triple Concerto and Telemann Concerto TWV 42. She has worked with opera legends Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, popular music icons Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Dave Brubeck, Jeff Lynn, Brian Wilson, Bill Medley, Randy Newman, Reba McEntire, Harry Connick, Jr. and Garth Brooks as well as film and television composing greats Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Thomas Newman, Mark Snow, Mike Post, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfmann, W. G. “Snuffy” Walden and Jeff Beal. 
Susan studied violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with the LaSalle and Tokyo String Quartets at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Under the mentorship of Eudice Shapiro she received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California, where she was an Alpert Merit Scholar and received the George Kast Merit Achievement Award.
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