Recently appointed principal violist of CityMusic, Jessica Oudin is emerging as a violist who deserves close attention.
Described as an "eloquent musician" by the San Francisco Classical Voice, Ms. Oudin made her New York debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in March of 2007. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Peabody Trio, Cleveland and Cavani String Quartets, and has made several appearances in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. As violist of the Kashii String Quartet, she has worked closely with members of the Emerson and Takacs Quartets, and has received top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Annual Competition, the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition, and the Louis E. Emsheimer Memorial Music Competition. With the Kashii String Quartet, Ms. Oudin has recorded Aaron Jay Kernis's "100 Greatest Dance Hits," along with guitarist David Tanenbaum, and in 2005 served on the chamber music faculty for the Innsbrook Music Institute.
As a soloist, Jessica Oudin has performed in Houston's Wortham Theater, the University of Houston's Moores Opera House, CIM's Kulas Hall, and the Juilliard School's Morse Hall. She has performed in masterclass for artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, Atar Arad, Roland Vamos, and Robert Vernon. Honors include the Horace and Marie Arnold Prize in Viola Performance (CIM), Alumni Association Artistic Achievement Award for four consecutive years (CIM), Darius Milhaud Award (CIM), first place in the Musicfest Scholarship Competition, and top prizes at the Corpus Christi International Young Artists' Competition. She also appeared regularly with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and has performed with the Houston Symphony. Festival appearances include the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Sarasota Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, Perlman Chamber Music Program, and Aspen Music Festival.
Ms. Oudin graduated with high honors from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Jeffrey Irvine, and is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory at the Juilliard School. (Photo by Barney Taxel)