Hailed as a real star by The New York Times, violinist Renee Jolles enjoys an eclectic career as a chamber musician and solo artist on four continents. She has premiered hundreds of works, including the American premiere of Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Her concerto engagements have included orchestras such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Philhamonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Salisbury Symphony, and The Cape May Festival Orchestra. Ms. Jolles is a member of Continuum, the Roerich Quartet, The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a concertmaster of the world-renowned conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as the Columbia Festival Orchestra. She has performed at festials such as Marlboro, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Rockport (MA), Roverrun, Norfolk, Taos, and the Chamber Music and Composers’ Conference of the East. Her interest in early music has led her to frequent collaborations with harpsichordist and organist Anthony Newman. Committed to recording new music, she can be heard on the Cambria, CRI, North/South Recordings, Albany Records, and New World labels. To be released this season is a recording by the acclaimed ensemble, Continuum, featuring Ms. Jolles as soloist in Oleg Felzer’s Sonata for Solo Violin.
Ms. Jolles is on the faculty of Juilliard and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Divisions and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Ms. Jolles received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, where she was the recipient of the school’s highest prize, the William Schuman Award. While at Juilliard, she held teaching fellowships in chamber music as an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet and in Ear Training. Her teachers have included Lewis Kaplan, Felix Galimir, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and American String Quartets.