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Cellist Kirsten Jermé enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, recitalist and educator, and is an advocate of bringing arts into the community and expanding access to chamber music opportunities for students of all backgrounds.  As a chamber musician, Kirsten has performed internationally in venues such as Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Harlaxton College in England and La Pieve di Gropina in Arezzo, Italy. She is equally at home performing in concert halls and in less traditional spaces, and her collaborations have led her to venues as far afield as the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, a winery in southern Oregon, the Joyce Dance Theatre in New York, and a coffeehouse in southern Indiana.  She has appeared on series including Electric Earth Concert Series, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Raleigh’s Sights and Sounds Series, and the Strad for Lunch Recital Series, and has recently collaborated with ensembles including Marinus Ensemble, the Living Arts Collective Ensemble (LACE), Mallarmé Chamber Players and the Carolina Ballet.

Kirsten was formerly cellist of the Larchmere String Quartet, touring nationally and internationally presenting concerts and masterclasses while holding the Eykamp String Quartet Faculty Artists-in-Residence position at the University of Evansville and Principal positions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.  The Larchmere Quartet appeared in concert for the Dame Myra Hess Series, the Sarnia Concert Association in Canada, the Accademia Chigiana in Italy, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chamber Music North, and Indiana University’s Sundays at Auer series with violist Atar Arad.  They toured numerous universities across the U.S. including Notre Dame, Williams College, Tennessee Technical Institute and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and were heard live on Nashville Public Radio and WFMT Chicago.  With clarinetist Wonkak Kim, the Larchmere Quartet recorded the string quartet and clarinet quintet of Stephan Krehl for the Naxos label, released in 2016.

 

Kirsten served for four seasons as Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Eykamp String Quartet Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville, maintaining a strong presence as a performer and educator in the community and region at large.  In addition to faculty recitals at the University of Evansville, the Eykamp Quartet was featured in performance at Thrall's Opera House and the New Harmony Granary, the Evansville Museum, and St. Meinrad Archabbey, and performed in schools, hospitals, libraries, and community centers throughout the region. The Eykamp Quartet was featured twice as soloists with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra during her tenure and received the Mayor's Arts Award for outstanding ensemble in 2016. Kirsten appeared as a soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra in 2018 at Evansville’s Victory Theatre and on tour in Nashville and Memphis.

A passionate proponent of chamber music pedagogy, Kirsten developed and directed a chamber music course at the University of Evansville, offering undergraduate string chamber ensembles the opportunity to receive coachings from members of the Eykamp Quartet and present outreach performances in the community and on campus.  She also helped run a string quartet mentorship program for members of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  In 2015, she and her colleagues presented and served as faculty for the Harlaxton Chamber Music Festival, held at Harlaxton College, the University of Evansville’s sister school in Grantham, England. 

Deeply committed to youth chamber music education at all stages of development, Kirsten serves as faculty for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute and Kidznotes, an El Sistema-inspired program in Durham for which she coaches string quartets. She has also coached chamber ensembles for the Mallarmé Youth Chamber Orchestra (MYCO) at UNC-Chapel Hill, and served as faculty and Director of the Honors Division for Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, heading the advanced chamber music and orchestral division of camp in its 41st season in Raleigh.  As Honors Director, she had the privilege of performing and coaching chamber groups in schools across the Research Triangle, forming ensembles and nurturing connections between students of a variety of backgrounds.  She also serves as faculty of the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop, where she first appeared in 2015 with the Larchmere String Quartet.

Kirsten is currently an Applied Lecturer of Cello at North Carolina State University.  She has given masterclasses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University, Otterbein University and Middle Tennessee State University, among others.  A resourceful and devoted cello teacher, she has taught private students across all ages and stages of development and has served as cello faculty for Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan, Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts after-school program in Queens, the Larchmont Music Academy and the Harmony Program at P.S. 129.

As a freelancer in New York City, Kirsten performed in venues such as Carnegie, Zankel, Merkin and Alice Tully Halls, Le Poisson Rouge, the United Nations and Madison Square Garden.  She appeared as soloist with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, collaborated with the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, and recorded Mohammed Fairouz's opera Sumeida's Song with the Mimesis Ensemble for Bridge Records.  Kirsten was a member of the Nannerl Piano Trio and performed with groups including Ensemble 20-21, Orchestra for the Next Century and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, as well as appearing regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony.  She has also performed with the Orion Symphony Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall in London and the New Perspectives Chamber Orchestra at the Royal College of Music.  She spends summers in Oregon as a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra. 

An advocate of building community through live performance, Kirsten co-founded and curated the "Coffee and Classics" series at Wired in Evansville, bringing the experience of live chamber music to new audiences in a vibrant community gathering place, and promoting creative programming through unconventional collaborations.  Committed to community engagement and education from the earliest stages of her career, Kirsten helped launch a community outreach program through the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University during her senior year of college.  She also worked as an assistant for the outreach programs at Turtle Bay Music School and for the Learning Maestros, an interdisciplinary educational initiative featuring the compositions of Bruce Adolphe.

Kirsten received her M.M. and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, and a B.A. from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Colin Carr and the Emerson String Quartet. She spent a semester at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Thomas Carroll.  Her cello teachers also include Käthe Jarka, Peter Howard, Kirsten Whitson, Scott Tisdel and Gregory Mathews.  Kirsten has attended the Yale-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre Masterclasses, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Domaine Forget, and with the Larchmere Quartet took part in a chamber course at Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, studying with Günther Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet.  She has also studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Pacifica and Keller Quartets.

Kirsten is based in New York City and is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in performance at the City University of New York Graduate Center as a student of Marcy Rosen. 

 

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