Posted on September 15, 2010
Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Texas at Austin will be on campus at UNCSA as a guest artist October 7th. She will give a master class at 3:45pm in Crawford Hall and a recital in Watson Recital Hall at 7:30pm with the participation of UNCSA faculty Robert Rocco and Saxton Rose.
Kristin Wolfe Jensen has been the bassoon professor at the University of Texas at Austin since 1995, and is also on the faculty of the International Festival Institute at Round Top, and the Eastern Music Festival where she is Principal Bassoonist of the Eastern Philharmonic. Ms. Jensen is Principal Bassoonist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and previously has toured Europe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and served as Acting Principal Bassoonist of the Houston Grand Opera. The American Record Guide reviewer said of her solo CD Shadings, “…She has simply turned in the finest-played Bassoon recital I have ever heard…she obviously sees tone quality as the foundation for her fluent technique…It is a ravishing sound, siren-like in its attractive flair…Ms. Jensen could teach a lot about musicality to a number of famous violinists….” Her other chamber music and solo recordings can be heard on the Cambria, Opus One, Klavier, and Centaur labels.
Ms. Jensen’s first teaching job was at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, followed by the University of North Texas, prior to joining the faculty at UT Austin. Ensembles with which Ms. Jensen has performed include The Dallas Opera Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony, the Las Vegas Symphony, and Continuum. Ms. Jensen Co-hosted the 2005 International Double Reed Society conference in Austin and she is Co-director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition for young women bassoonists from the Americas. An esteemed pedagogue, she has given guest recitals and master classes many major American music schools and her former UT students hold major orchestral positions and university teaching positions around the country. Ms. Jensen attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where she double-majored in Music Performance and Music Education, and went on to receive a masters degree from the Juilliard School.
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