Assistant Principal Second Violin
Native Canadian, Jennifer Orchard has repeatedly brought dynamic and highly acclaimed performances to audiences worldwide, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Formerly as violinist with the internationally renowned Lark Quartet, Ms Orchard worked to expand the string quartet repertoire (including co-commissioning the 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition ‘musica instrumentalis' by Aaron Jay Kernis) and to bring classical music to some unusual audiences. The quartet's three-year residency at Ohio University was made into a documentary that aired on PBS and included their diverse educational activities. Over Ms. Orchard's eight years with the Lark Quartet she toured Germany, Great Britain, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States (including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, St. Paul's Ordway Theater, and New York's Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls), all to overwhelming praise from critics and audiences alike.
Ms. Orchard's extensive chamber music discography on Arabesque Records includes an all-Schnittke CD with Gary Graffman, which has been praised by San Francisco Chronicle, Stereophile, and Gramophone, as well as the quartets and chamber music of Alexander Borodin, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Robert Schumann, Amy Beach, Aaron Jay Kernis, and composer/satirist Peter Schickele.
After moving to Pittsburgh IN 2001 as assistant principal second violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ms. Orchard was invited to join the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. The Trio just released a CD of Frank Bridge's chamber works and is currently recording a second CD called Encore, Encore, scheduled for release in 2004.
Ms. Orchard completed her undergraduate education at the Curtis Institute of Music with Szymon Goldberg and her master's degree from the Juilliard School with Robert Mann and has attended the Marlboro Music Festival.