Jennifer Bewerse is an award-winning cellist and devoted champion of the music of our time. As a result, she has premiered over 100 works including Mischa Salkind-Pearl’s In the Morning Light Gathered at My Window (2010), Caroline Miller’s Vessel (2014), Monte Weber’s Weather Music (2015), Peter Ablinger’s WEISS / WEISSLICH 17k: Violoncello und Rauschen (2015), and Carolyn Chen’s other forests (2016). Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Patricia Alessandrini, Laurence Crane, Chaya Czernowin, Anthony Davis, Jonathan Harvey, Lei Liang, Michael Pisaro, Gunther Schuller, Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler, Augusta Read Thomas, David Del Tredici, Chinary Ung, and Christian Wolff.
Jennifer has performed as a guest soloist for the wasteLAnd Concert Series, Robert Helps Festival and International Composition Competition, Without Walls Festival, and Carlsbad Music Festival; as a guest Teaching Artist for the Music from Salem: Cello Seminar; in concerts at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, REDCAT, the Center for New Music, Equilibrium Concert Series, People Inside Electronics Concert Series, University of Montana Faculty and Guest Artist Series, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival: Composer’s Symposium, and Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency; as a guest performer and presenter for the inaugural New Music Gathering and Eureka! Musical Minds Conference; and was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at the soundSCAPE festival in Italy. Her work can be seen and heard on Ugly Duckling Presse, Blue Griffin Recording, and Naxos.
Jennifer is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is currently the cellist of Southland Ensemble – sponsored by the Aaron Copland Fund and described by the Los Angeles Times as “entrancing” – and of Diagenesis Duo with vocalist Heather Barnes. Diagenesis Duo’s concert work has been awarded a Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artists Award and Earle Brown Music Foundation Grant, has given them the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious performers and institutions such as the University of Florida, University of Montana, Boston Conservatory, Music from Salem, Joel Krosnick, Tony Arnold, Susan Narucki, and Nan Hughes, and has been featured through their guest artist residency at UC San Diego’s Springfest 2013. Their NewSonics 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. Recently they collaborated with the Holter Museum and Cohesion Dance Project to create the Helena InterArts Summer Workshop, an interdisciplinary arts program for kids awarded a Montana Arts Council Artists in Schools and Communities Grant.
Jennifer is a sought after collaborator and has been a guest performer with wild Up, Calithumpian Consort, Experimental Music Yearbook, now hear ensemble, Juventas, Quartet Nouveau, Boston Public Quartet, Fireworks Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ellen Fullman. Her current collaboration with Rachel Beetz, Autoduplicity, has performed at ArtShare Los Angeles, Mor York Gallery as part of DogStar Festival 2016, and Mengi (Reykjavik, Iceland) with funding through a Project Grant from UC San Diego’s Dean of Humanities. Recently they were in residence at the Women’s International Study Center to create a new work with composer Celeste Oram.
A native of Florida, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from the University of South Florida and her Master 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.
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