Jessica Bodner, described by the New York Times as a "soulful soloist", is the violist of the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet. A native of Houston, TX, Jessica began her musical studies on the violin at the age of two, and then switched to the viola at the age of twelve because of her love of the deeper sonority.
In 2014 Jessica joined the faculty of Harvard University's Department of Music in conjunction with the Parker Quartet's appointment as the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. She is often a guest teacher for Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, and will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music in the fall of 2016. She has most recently given masterclasses at institutions such as the New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Longy School of Music, Amherst College, University of Minnesota, and at the El Sistema program in Venezuela.
Individually, Jessica has appeared at the International Viola Congress, as a guest of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and been a finalist for a Pro Musicis Award. As a member of the Parker Quartet, she has won a Grammy Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. With the Quartet, Ms. Bodner has recently appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Library of Congress, Jordan Hall in Boston, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including Caramoor, Yellow Barn, McGill International String Quartet Festival in Montreal, Perigord Noir in France, Spring Arts Festival in Monte Carlo, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Cemal Recit Rey in Istanbul, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Heidelberg String Quartet Festival in Germany, and holds a visiting residency at the University of South Carolina.
Recent collaborators include clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Shai Wosner and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, jazz pianist Billy Childs, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Donald Weilerstein, violists Kim Kashkashian and Roger Tapping, cellists Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky, and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum.
Jessica holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, where her primary teachers were Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz. Outside of music, Jessica enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, biking, and hiking with her husband, violinist Daniel Chong, their son, Cole Franklin, and their vizsla, Bodie.
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