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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. 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 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).

The 2015-16 season included the complete Beethoven Sonatas in Colorado Springs and Denver with pianist Cullan Bryant, as well as appearances in New Mexico, Potsdam, NY, and elsewhere in Colorado. Her historically informed performances have included concerts at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota in addition to her appearances at the Historic Piano Collection. Her summer 2014 debut of the Manitou Chamber Music Festival met with critical acclaim. “The Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2…performance was a revelation. Festival founder, director, and violinist Jeri Jorgensen gave one of her finest performances.” (Colorado Springs Gazette).

Ms. Jorgensen has given master classes in violin and chamber music at the University of California at Davis, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Sam Houston State University, Kansas State University, Simon’s Rock College, the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University. 

Ms. Jorgensen holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and a master of music degree from Juilliard. When playing “modern” violin, her instrument is a beautiful Sanctus Seraphin from 1728.

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