Award-winning pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell has been described as a “sensitive colorist and intelligent musician” (New York Concert Review). She has performed at notable halls including Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark among others. As concerto soloist, Ms. Campbell has performed with the Lansdowne Symphony, the Delaware County Symphony, and the Wilmington Community Orchestra among others. Her extensive repertoire ranges from works of J.S. Bach to Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. She has appeared on U.S. and Danish Television and radio, and was featured in the PBS documentary about the 5th Julia Crane International Piano Competition.
Ms. Campbell has been awarded numerous first prizes in competitions including the 1000 Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, and the 2nd Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition where she won first prize in the Well-Tempered Clavier category as well as the Overall Prize for the Best Performance of a Contemporary Work. In addition, she has been the first place winner of the MTNA competitions in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, the West Chester University Piano Competition, and the Marian Garcia Piano Competition among others. Ms. Campbell has also participated in the 6th New York International Piano Competition, the Aarhus International Piano Competition in Denmark, and the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Ms. Campbell was awarded 1st prize in the Newark Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed Grieg's Piano Concerto in spring of 2015 under the baton of Maestro Simeone Tartaglione. Since 2016, Ms. Campbell has held the position of Artist in Residence with the Delaware County Symphony (DCS), and was recently appointed their new Chamber Music Director for the 2019-2020 series.
An avid composer, Ms. Campbell’s music has been performed by numerous prominent artists. Her Piano Trio No. 1 received its premiere performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007. Ms. Campbell’s compositions have won the MTNA composition competitions in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, and her solo piano works have been premiered throughout the United States including halls at the University of Miami, the University of Buffalo, Canisius College, and the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Campbell’s works have been featured on recordings including the Winterthur Estate’s Garden Fair CD, the sacred music album Puer Natus, and most recently her album Perceptions of Shadows which is available on her website and on cdbaby.com and iTunes.
Among her most recent commissions, Ms. Campbell composed Embers of Memory for the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and Ancestral Echoes for Melomanie. She also composes numerous works for the Academy of International Ballet, with whom she has served as Composer In Residence since 2017.
Ms. Campbell is also an enthusiastic chamber and ensemble musician. She has taken part in numerous chamber music festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Maryland Wind Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Peabody Bassoon Week where she collaborated with former BSO Bassoonist Phillip Kolker. In addition to performing in piano trios, quartets, and piano duo ensembles, Ms. Campbell worked as an accompanist at Peabody Conservatory for over 4 years, where she coached with John Shirley-Quirk, Denyce Graves, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, William Sharp and Ah Young Hong among others. This year she will be performing multiple concerts with the Serafin String Quartet and Ensemble.
In her academic pursuits, Ms. Campbell was awarded the Presser Scholar Award, the Peabody Alumni Award, and most recently the Peabody Career Development Grant to fund her debut solo piano album Perceptions of Shadows. Ms. Campbell holds her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied piano with Brian Ganz and composition with Judah Adashi on scholarship. She has also taken masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Seymour Lipkin, Norman Shetler, Matti Raekallio, Richard Goode, Jane Coop, Leon Bates, and Anthony DiBonaventura among others.
A passionate music educator, Ms. Campbell is adjunct faculty at Cecil College and the Music School of Delaware while maintaining a private piano studio outside Philadelphia. A frequent lecturer, she enjoys presenting workshops on topics of meaning and inner transformation through music of diverse genres, whether Bach’s Mass in B minor or Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. Her series is called 'Music Musings LIVE' and is based on her popular YouTube series. Ms. Campbell holds her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University on scholarship studying with Brian Ganz. Additionally, Ms. Campbell has worked with Leon Fleisher, Seymour Lipkin, Richard Goode, and Matti Raekallio among others. She is the vice president of the Main Line Music Teachers Association, the largest local branch of MTNA in Pennsylvania. To find out more about Ms. Campbell’s upcoming concerts and commissions, please visit: www.jennifernicolecampbell.com
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