Jennifer Kozbial Posadas, violin, enjoys a varied career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. A native Canadian, Jennifer was a recipient of the prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Musicians, which allowed her to pursue studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a performer, she has traveled the globe and performed in such concert halls as the Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2007.
A prizewinner in many competitions, Jennifer received a first place in the Canadian Music Competition and awards at the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition, American String Teachers Association and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition. Jennifer was awarded the Silver Medal for outstanding achievement from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and was recently a finalist in the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, which featured some of the finest young Canadian musicians.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She is also an alumnus of the National Arts Center Young Artist Program and Institute for Orchestral Studies. Jennifer has spent summers performing at the Domaine Forget Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Blossom Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she served as concertmaster.
Equally at home on the chamber music stage, Jennifer has enjoyed collaborations with artists such as James Ehnes, Andres Diaz and members of the Cleveland Quartet in chamber music performances. Jennifer maintains a private violin studio in Naples and has coached chamber music at the Brevard Chamber Music Seminar, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop and Chamberfest at the University of South Florida. Jennifer is excited to be a new member of the Santa Fe Opera Company beginning in the summer of 2014.
Jennifer Kozbial Posadas is underwritten by Elizabeth and Dennis Turner.
Name: Jennifer Kozbial Posadas
Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 5
Who have been your greatest musical influences? My violin teachers along the way who have all taught me so much about music and life.
Who are your favorite composers? Beethoven, Brahms.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Probably something involving writing or psychology. Perhaps teaching – my entire family are teachers!
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Everything from Bach to Radiohead.
Your hobbies and interests: My adorable cat Andy, food (eating it, cooking it and watching the Food Network) and laughing a lot with good friends.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I'm a left-handed Canadian who loves Florida.
Daily practice rituals: My cat Andy jumping in my case as soon as I unpack my instrument and occasionally "singing" along.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "How much does it cost?" My answer: "Not telling!"
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The great music and the people!