Jennifer Kozbial Posadas, Violin
Dee and Dennis* Turner Chair
Jennifer Kozbial Posadas is originally from London, Ontario, Canada and has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2007. Jennifer has also performed with the Houston Symphony, National Arts Centre orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony orchestra, among others.
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 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, both with academic honors. Equally at home on the chamber music stage, she has enjoyed collaborations with James Ehnes, Andres Diaz, Orion Weiss and members of the Cleveland Quartet. Jennifer has been a member of the Grammy Award-winning Santa Fe Opera orchestra since 2014 and enjoys spending summers in New Mexico. Jennifer is married to violist John T. Posadas and they have twin daughters.
I’m from London in Ontario, Canada, and studied in Cleveland and Boston. I won my audition for the Naples Philharmonic after graduating from the New England Conservatory in 2007.
What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?
My husband, JT, proposed on the morning of two Pops shows. When Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly caught wind of this, he dedicated the song Love Story to us in each subsequent show, and he surprised us with cake and champagne afterwards. Most definitely memorable!
What inspired you to become a musician?
Once I started performing regularly as a young musician, I couldn’t get enough. There is nothing like that performance feeling. I think I was—and still am—inspired the most by the great musicians in our field.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
I enjoy the different types of programs we perform, and I have a wonderful, supportive group of colleagues.
What’s challenging about playing your instrument?
The violin constantly challenges me! In addition to the difficulties of the instrument, violin orchestral and opera playing requires a lot of stamina. I’m finding it important to stay healthy and in shape to perform as well as possible.
What are your favorite compositions?
Brahms symphonies, Dvořák symphonies, Strauss songs and operas — a new favorite of mine.
What have you been listening to recently?
I’m usually listening to what’s coming up next in our season, but Disney soundtracks are usually on loop in our house.
Are there other musicians in your immediate family?
I’m the only professional musician in my family, but my mom and grandma played the piano quite well, and my grandpa played the saxophone in a big band.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to bake, do yoga and spend time with my family and friends.