Graeme Jennings — violin

Australian violinist and violist, born 1968, studied in the USA and Australia. Formerly a member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet (1994-2005), he has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 70 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. As a recitalist, Mr Jennings has a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Boulez and beyond. His main focus these days is on chamber music, as well as being an enthusiastic proponent of new music. He has worked with and been complimented on his interpretations by many of the leading composers of our time. After hearing him give the Australian première of his "Partita" in 1987, Lutoslawski described Graeme as an "inspired performer".

In recent seasons, he has given performances of Berg's Violin Concerto, and in 2003, the Australian première of Ferneyhough's "Terrain" with the ELISION Ensemble. Graeme is now based in San Francisco where he enjoys pursuing a wide range of musical activity.

In addition to his solo and chamber music work, he performs regularly with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, ELISION, Adorno Ensemble, SFSound, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. He also serves on the faculties of Mills College, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Graeme takes particular pleasure in returning to perform before Australian audiences and in recent years has appeared at the Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Four-Winds, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He has also performed as Guest Concert-Master of the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Guest Associate Concert-Master with the Sydney Symphony.

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