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Jennifer Thiessen

Education_______________________________________________________________
2003–2005 Master of Music in Viola Performance: Université de Montréal Faculté de Musique
Jutta Puchhammer: viola, chamber music
Margaret Little: baroque music (baroque viola, viola d’amore)
Jean-François Rivest: orchestra

2001–2003 Baccalaureate of Music in Viola Performance: University of Ottawa Department of Music
David Stewart: viola, chamber music

1999–2001 University of Manitoba School of Music
David Stewart: violin
Paul Marleyn: chamber music

Experience______________________________________________________________
2014–2018         Daily Alice: songwriting project – recording, performing, collaborations
2017-2018           Park Sounds: contemporary music duo with Ben Reimer, percussion
2013-2018           Toninato/Thiessen Duo: improvisations/co-compositions
                                    The Space Between Us album (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2018)
2016–2018         Cénacle: founding member of 18th century period performance trio
2011–2018         Ensemble Caprice, dir. Matthias Maute
2013–2018         Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
2013–2018         Clavecin en concert, dir. Luc Beauséjour
2014–2018         Collectif 9: classical string band – tours in North America and China
2017, 2018         Workshops for Montréal Viola Day : Improvisation, Baroque Viola
2017                    Viola d’amore recital: Lamèque International Baroque Festival
2017                    Bozzini Quartet: Portrait de Christopher Butterfield recording (DAME)
2016 Cluster Festival: –Seule Amour concert of premiers and commissions for solo viola d’amore
Daily Alice + Touching co-compositions with Michael P Falk, Ben Reimer
2016 Festival Montréal Baroque: solo viola d’amore concert (baroque and contemporary)
2016 Soloist: Vivaldi Concerto for Viola d’Amore with Oakville Chamber Orchestra
2016 Infusion Baroque: chamber music with viola/viola d’amore
2016 Bozzini Quartet: Portrait de Christopher Butterfield recording (Ambiances Magnétiques)
2013, 2016 Theatre of Early Music, dir. Dan Taylor
2006–2016 Les Violons du Roy: supplementary player
2014, 2016 Les Boréades de Montréal, dir. Françis Colpron
2015 Histoires d’amour: Concert of new music for viola and vla d’amore (Innovations en Concert)
2015 Short Stories for Viola d’Amore concert of world premiers (Ottawa New Music Creators)
2015 Ensemble La Gambade: Dido et Orféo selon Gavin Bryars (Innovations en Concert)
2015 La Bande Montréal Baroque, dir. Sigiswald Kuijken
2015 Lamèque International Baroque Festival Orchestra, dir. Ivars Taurins
2006–2015 Charlottetown Festival Orchestra: theatre ensemble
2014 Mireille Lagacé and Jean-François Normand: fortepiano, viola, clarinet concert
2013–2014 Sarah Slean: Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Canadian tour, Québec tour
2012–2014 Ensemble Allogène: contemporary music ensemble
2013–2014 Quatuor Franz-Joseph: classical period-performance string quartet
2013 Premiere of Song Cycle by Matthew Ricketts: soprano, recorder, viola
2013 Leif Vollebekk Montreal Jazz Festival
2013 Suzan Vachon, video artist: soundtrack for art film
2011–13 Géraldine Eguiluz’s Rubedo Quintet: new compositions/improvisations
2007–2012 La La La Human Steps (World tours of Amjad and New Work)
Chamber music by Gavin Bryars and David Lang for contemporary dance
2009–2012 Trio ’86: founding member of viola, clarinet, piano trio – classical and contemporary music
2010 Commission/Performance of Defòra fai sinhes lo firmament by Isaiah Ceccarelli (CCA)
2010 Martha Wainwright Edith Piaf tour: CBC live concert recording (Ottawa)
2010 Codes d’accès New Music Series (Montréal): Carter & Compagnie – clarinet quintets
2010 Pierre Labbé: Tremblements de fer

Commissions___________________________________________________________
2016 For Cluster Festival 2016 (Winnipeg):
Cassandra Miller: Undone (solo viola d’amore and prerecorded track)
Marielle Groven: Living Light (prepared solo viola d’amore)
2014 For the Ottawa New Music Creators:
Steven Gellman: Volo d’Amore
Mike Essoudry: As It Goes
Megan Jerome: Breathe
Jan Jarvlepp: Blinded by Love
Jen McLachlan: Ceres
Leonard Lightstone: Variations on Avrix Mi Galanica
Pierre-Yves Martel: Continuum
2014 Matthias Maute: Noncerto Beaupré (premier presented by Innovations en Concert)
viola d’amore and baroque keyboard (organ/pedal harpsichord)
2010 Isaiah Ceccarelli: Defòra fai sinhes lo firmament (Canada Council for the Arts)
solo viola and voices, performed with Ensemble Kô and Ellen Wieser
Commissioned with Trio ’86 (viola, clarinet, piano):
2011 Michael Matthews: and the sky caught (Manitoba Arts Council)
Alexandra Fol: Watching the Stars Over the Rhodhopi Mountains
Matthew Ricketts: Trio
Jerry Semchyshyn: Skin Divers
2010 Brian Harman: Enclosures (Ontario Arts Council)

Extra_________________________________________________________________
2009–2015 Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Viola Society: concept, writing, editing, design
2012 Jury member: Canada Council for the Arts

Works in Progress________________________________________________________
Daily Alice full album (write, arrange, record)