Renée Jolles has been a member of Orpheus since 2004. Hailed as a “real star” by The New York Times for her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, Ms. Jolles has enjoyed a varied career as a solo artist and chamber musician.
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 The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Cape May Festival Orchestra, The Salisbury Symphony, and Orpheus.
Besides Orpheus, Ms. Jolles is a member of The Jolles Duo, Continuum, The Roerich Quartet, and The New York Chamber Ensemble. She has performed at festivals such as Marlboro, Cape May, Rockport (Mass.), Norfolk, Taos, Riverrun, and The Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East. Committed to recording new music, she has recorded as a chamber artist for the Cambria, CRI, North/South Recordings, Albany Records, and New World Records labels. She can also be heard on three new albums appearing in the spring of 2009 which showcase the music of composers Oleg Felzer, Ushio Torikai, and Victoria Bond. Ms. Jolles is on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division, The Mannes School of Music Preparatory Division and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Ms. Jolles received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard where, upon graduation, she was presented with the school’s highest award, the William Schumann prize. While at Juilliard, she held teaching fellowships in chamber music (as an assistant to The Juilliard Quartet) and in ear-training. Her teachers have included Lewis Kaplan, Felix Galimir, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and American String Quartets.