Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as "one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs," and celebrated her as "an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for." As a violinist, Jennifer is driven by passion and curiosity, eliminating boundaries of musical genres and traversing the globe with musical diplomacy.
Winner of Astral Artists Milka/Astral grand prize for violin and Artists International presentations, Jennifer is also an improviser, composer, multi-instrumentalist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and educator.
Recent activities include solo performances with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, featured artist at the Brasov International Festival in Romania in honor of George Enescu, featured violinist/composer and percussionist for El Festival de las Artes Esénias de Lima, Peru, appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, International Brahms Festival, Ecstatic Festival, Festival musique de chambre a Giverny, Darmstadt Festival, Iceland Airwaves Festival, Wein Modern Festival for Contemporary music and many more.
A lover of Latin American music, Jennifer has had many musical expeditions in 6 countries south of Mexico. She founded the group Tres Americas Ensemble, toured with her orignal works and concerti of Mozart, collaborated and studied with Musical Shaman of the Amazon and the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the jungle, taught in conservatories and public schools, and performed as violinist, mandolinist, vocalist and percussionist at many clubs and world music festivals.
Upcoming and recent projects include solo and chamber music performances with John Adams at the library of congress, Carnegie Hall performance of La Pasíon by Osvaldo Golijov, a Cornell University sponsored commission for a new composition, concertmaster of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) US tour, solo improvisation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a solo CD featuring original compositions inspired by deserts around the world.
Jennifer holds degrees from Mills College and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann and performed l'arbre des Songes, Dutilleux's concerto for violin and orchestra and Lou Harrison's Violin Concerto in Slendro.
Jennifer is on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and plays on a 1777 Vincenzo Panormo violin.