Jossalyn Jensen, 26 year old American violist, holds the solo alto position at the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. She began her musical studies at age 4, performing her first solo concerto with orchestra at the age of 9. She has since appeared in concert across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Ms. Jensen received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jeffrey Irvine, where she graduated with honors and was presented with the Milhaud Award and the Arnold Award in Viola. She completed her Master of Music at The Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, where she was a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Artist Award. Ms. Jensen is a laureate of 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant to study with Jean Sulem at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. She is honored to be a 2017-2018 fellow and resident musician at the Fondation des États-Unis. As a fellow, she has attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar (2012), the Aspen Music Festival and School (2009-2011, 2014), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (2017), and the Verbier Festival Academy (2017).
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Jensen has participated in the Festival de Musique de Chambre à Giverny (2018), the Juilliard School Winter ChamberFest (2015), the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio (2014), the Cleveland Institute of Music Intensive Quartet Seminar (2012-2013), and the Music Academy of the West String Quartet Seminar (2012). She has performed with the Ensemble Caliopée, members of the Cleveland Quartet, and such artists as Michel Strauss, Darrett Adkins, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen and Jerome Lowenthal in addition to appearances as a chamber artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence and Les Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence.
Ms. Jensen is passionate about bringing the arts to those who have limited access to classical music and live performances. Since she was a child, she has performed in retirement centers, hospitals, libraries, parks, community centers, and public schools throughout the world. She has been a frequent artist for Classical Revolution Cleveland, a member of the Cleveland Community Service Outreach Program and a recipient of the Gluck Community Outreach Fellowship from the Juilliard School.
As an advocate of new music, Ms. Jensen has participated in the New Music Ensemble at the Cleveland Institute of Music and most recently in projects with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Matthias Pintscher at the Lucerne Festival Academy (2017). She has commissioned works from emerging composers and is currently earning the Artist Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP)
Ms. Jensen began teaching violin at the age of 12 and has continued to become more and more invested in pedagogy and sharing what she has learned with others. She taught ear training and solfège as a Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School and has continued her own private studio in Paris.