CAG alum Jennifer Koh will be joined by President Tanya Bannister for a discussion about Jennifer’s career path.
Recognized for intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance, violinist Jennifer Koh is a forward-thinking artist dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire, while promoting diversity and inclusivity in classical music. A 1994 winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Jennifer has blazed her own trail, expanding the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects and premiering more than 70 works written especially for her.
A panel of multi-faceted artists discuss the need for musicians to take on diverse career roles in today’s world. The conversation will feature cellist and arts leader Adrian Fung; violist, composer, and educator Jessica Meyer; and CAG President Tanya Bannister; and will be moderated by violinist and Sybarite5 member Sarah Whitney.
Adrian Fung is the founding cellist of the Afiara Quartet, a 2008 CAG Competition winner. He is an associate dean and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, where he leads the creation of a new arts management and entrepreneurship program (AME). He is also the Executive and Artistic Director of Vancouver-based concert presenter Music In The Morning, and Summer Music Vancouver, a summer festival and chamber music institute. He recently served as Vice President for Innovation at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer, violist, educator, and mother. She has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works, while also composing her own. She has written for the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust, A Far Cry, SYBARITE5, and PUBLIQuartet. Jessica is equally known for her inspirational work as an educator, where she empowers musicians to be the best advocates for their own careers through workshops at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Chamber Music America conference, and at universities around the US.
Violinist Sarah Whitney is a founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, a 2011 CAG Competition winner. In 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series dedicated to breaking down the barriers between performers and the audience. Sarah’s writing is featured regularly in for Strings Magazine and 21CM.org, and her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset.
Pianist Tanya Bannister was a 2003 winner of the CAG Competition. In addition to an active performing career, she has developed an interest in institution building in the arts over many years, principally through her work as Artistic Director of Alpenkammermusik, an annual chamber music festival in Austria, as a founder of RoadMaps, an artistic, humanitarian and cultural venture, and as the current President of Concert Artists Guild.