Jessica Bodner — viola

Saturday, 10. 4. 2008

Violist Jessica Bodner began playing the violin at the age of two, and then switched to the viola at the age of twelve after only wanting to play on the violin’s G-string. A native of Houston, Texas, Jessica began playing and loving chamber music from the time she was in elementary school. While in Houston, her primary teacher was Lawrence Wheeler, a teacher who made it possible for Jessica to leave high school a year early in order to have some time at University of Houston’s Moores School of Music for intensive musical study. After this year, Jessica spent seven years at the New England Conservatory in Boston, earning a Bachelor and two Masters degrees in Viola and Chamber Music. Her primary teachers were Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz, and other mentors included Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Miriam Fried, and Lucy Chapman.

Since the formation of the Parker Quartet in 2002, Jessica has performed throughout North and Central America, Europe, Korea, and Australia, and in such venues as Jordan Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, the Gardner Museum, Caramoor, Weill Recital Hall, and the Library of Congress.

Jessica has been practicing yoga since 2001, and also enjoys exploring all of the places she travels to with the quartet.

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