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Violist/Violinist Jen Herman began her musical studies at the age of seven and has concertized in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
A high demand New York City freelance musician, Jen currently plays viola and violin in various shows on Broadway and is often a guest principal violist for orchestras including
She has performed with the Flint, Lansing, Midland, Spoleto Festival USA, Princeton, Symphony in C, Distinguished Concerts International, Arcos, New Haven, Glens Falls and Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras, and is principal violist of many ensembles including Chelsea Opera and the Medomak Conductor’s Retreat Orchestra.
Festival appearances include Summergarden at MoMA, Sarasota Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival USA
As a chamber musician, Ms. Herman has performed in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, MoMA’s sculpture garden, and is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Lunatics at Large, of which Allan Kozinn of the New York Times describes as “young, energetic, and finely polished.” More info at www.lunaticsensemble.com. She is an advocate for new music and has premiered dozens of new works and is currently commissioning new works for viola and violin.
Ms. Herman received her Bachelor of Music Degree with honors at the Mannes College of Music as a student of Daniel Panner where she won the Low String Division Concerto Competition playing the Walton Viola Concerto as a sophomore. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School studying with Hsin-Yun Huang, completing a Master of Music Degree at The University of Michigan with Yizhak Schotten where she won the String Division Concerto Competition performing the Bartok Viola Concerto in Hill Auditorium.