Violist Jennifer Stumm has blazed a courageous creative path, her diverse projects mixing a searching intellectual curiosity, musical enthusiasm and committed advocacy for social opportunity. Jennifer appears on the world's great stages like Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Recent highlights include her debut at the Barbican, London, a recital tour of Australia and New Zealand, and turns as concerto soloist in halls from São Paulo to Bangkok.
Jennifer is founder and director of Ilumina the São Paulo-based festival and social initiative, which has ascended to prominence as a modern model for 21st century creativity and artist-led advancement of diverse talent. Ilumina unites leading international soloists with top rising talent from Latin America, working and performing side-by-side at the Ilumina festival and on tour around the world. Almost 100 Ilumina young artists now study at major conservatories, including in the Netherlands.
An enthusiastic speaker and writer, Jennifer recently spoke at NASA about how the arts can help innovate toward a better world, and her viral TEDx talk about the viola The Imperfect Instrument was named an editors pick of all TED talks and led to a solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. Recipient of the prestigious BBC New Generation artist and Borletti Buitoni Trust awards for her work in chamber music, she appears at major festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Stavanger, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Delft and IMS Prussia Cove. Jennifer is Professor of Viola at the University of Music and Arts of the City of Vienna and gives masterclasses around the world. Born in Atlanta,Jennifer started playing viola at age eight in her school’s orchestra. She studied with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, with Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam and pursued interests in politics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer plays a Gasparo da Salò viola, c 1590, generously on loan from a private collection.