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The violist Jenny Joelson was born in Switzerland in 1993. Having a musicologist as a father, she got into contact with music at a very young age. She started playing the violin at the age of seven at the local music school with Franziska Pfenninger-Stoffel.


At the age of 15 she chose the viola as her instrument and started to prepare for a musical career. For many years she was part of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she was also principal violist. As a member of the LGT Young Soloists she played many concerts, also as a soloist, in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapur and Taiwan.

She studied with Wendy Enderle-Champney at the Zurich University of the Arts and Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Jenny loves working in chamber music groups and has had the privilege of working with all the members of the Carmina Quartet and inspiring musicians such as Hariolf Schlichtig, Barbara Westphal and Jean Sulem. In 2018 she received her first Master's degree in Orchestra Performance and in 2020 Jenny obtained her second Master's degree in Pedagogy at the Zurich University of the Arts under the guidance of Michel Rouilly.

Baroque music and historical performance practice have always been important for Jenny. She plays the baroque viola and the viola da spalla, for which she took lessons from Sigiswald Kuijken. Jenny wrote a paper on the creation and development of the viola da spalla, viola pomposa and the violoncello piccolo, which was published in the music journal Glareana. As a baroque violist, she is substitute in the Scintilla Orchestra of the Zurich Opera, and is also a substitute in the Philharmonia Zurich and the Sinfonieorchester Basel. Playing chamber music is her passion and she is a founding member of the Askerov String Trio.

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