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, then switched to the viola at the age of twelve because of her love of the deeper sonority.
Jessica is a faculty member of Harvard University's Department of Music in conjunction with the Parker Quartet's appointment as Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. She has held visiting faculty positions at the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music and has given masterclasses at institutions such as Eastman School of Music, Amherst College, University of Minnesota, and at the El Sistema program in Venezuela.
Ms. Bodner has recently appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Library of Congress, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (Vienna), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Yellow Barn, Perigord Noir in France, Spring Arts Festival (Monte Carlo), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Cemal Recit Rey (Istanbul), and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hitzacker, and Heidelberg String Quartet Festival (Germany).
Recent collaborators include clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Menahem Pressler and Shai Wosner, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Donald Weilerstein, violists Kim Kashkashian and Roger Tapping, cellists Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky, and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum.
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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