Jennifer Bewerse is a musician whose performance work approaches the concert framework as its own medium. By putting different composers, compositions, and performance techniques in “conversation” with the social structures of a concert, Jennifer hopes to create a discourse around questions of performance such as “is live music necessary?” and “how can our bodies be musical?” Through this discourse, the concert framework transforms from a convenient structure for listening to an opening for questioning broader experiences.
Jennifer is an award-winning cellist and devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result, she has premiered over 50 works including Caroline Miller’s Vessel (2014), Monte Weber’s Weather Music (2015) for solo cello, and Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k: Violoncello und Rauschen (2015). Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read Thomas, Christian Wolff, Anthony Davis, Chinary Ung, Lei Liang, Michael Sydney Timpson, Patricia Alessandrini, Stephen Goss, Chaya Czernowin, Kenji Bunch, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey, and David Del Tredici.
Jennifer has performed in concerts at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Equilibrium Concert Series, REDCAT, the Center for New Music, and SICPP, as a guest Teaching Artist for the Music from Salem: Cello Seminar and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, as a guest soloist for the Robert Helps Festival and International Composition Competition, the Without Walls Festival, and the Carlsbad Music Festival, as a guest performer and presenter for the inaugural New Music Gathering and the Eureka! Musical Minds Conference, and was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy.
Jennifer is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is currently the cellist of Southland Ensemble and of Diagenesis Duo with vocalist Heather Barnes. A recipient of the Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artists Award, Diagenesis Duo’s work has given them the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious performers and institutions such the University of Florida, University of Montana, Boston Conservatory, Joel Krosnick, Tony Arnold, Susan Narucki and Nan Hughes, and as the guest artists in residence at UC San Diego’s Springfest. Their NewSonics: A New Music Workshop for Kids has been the recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant and a New Music USA Project Grant.
Jennifer is a sought after collaborator and has been a guest performer with now hear ensemble, Juventas, Calithumpian Consort, Palimpsest, Boston Public Quartet, Kallisti, Renga, Fireworks Ensemble, wild Up, and Ellen Fullman. Her current collaboration with Rachel Beetz, Autoduplicity, recenlty performed at Mengi in Reykjavik, Iceland with funding through a Project Grant from UC San Diego’s Dean of Humanities.
A native of Florida, Jennifer received her Bachelors of Music magna cum laude from the University of South Florida and her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Contemporary Performance at the University of California in San Diego with a full scholarship. Her principal teachers include Joan Markstein, Scott Kluksdahl, Charles Curtis, and Rhonda Rider, founding member of the Lydian String Quartet.
To learn more, visit www.jenniferbewerse.com