Jennifer Greenlee


First Violin

Joined the ISO: September 1997
Primary musical studies: Eastman School of Music (Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude)
Teachers included: Charles Castleman

It was inevitable that violinist Jennifer Greenlee would become a musician, as she has many musicians in multiple generations on both sides of her family. Jennifer asked for violin lessons for her seventh birthday after hearing performances by a string quartet that played in her school near Philadelphia.

Before joining the ISO, Jennifer played in the North Carolina Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She attended the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Charles Castleman. Other teachers included Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Helen Kwalwasser. Her violin was made in 1959 by Giacomo & Leandro Bisiach in Milan, and her bow was made by Louis Bazin.

Outside of the ISO, Jennifer loves puzzles, reading, swimming, and sewing. Jennifer is married and has a teenaged daughter. Both her husband and daughter have a mitochondrial disorder, which is a form of muscular dystrophy. For more info on “mito” Jennifer encourages one to visit The 1997 European Tour was right at the beginning of Jennifer’s time in the ISO - a fond memory and also an intense introduction to the orchestra. Jennifer loves anything written by Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach, but the music of Prokofiev ignites her imagination.

"I love the intense listening I can feel from the audience. The music grabs them and they forget about their outside lives. It's so incredibly satisfying to be able to create that communion with sound."

- Jennifer Greenlee



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