STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Wieniawski, Faust Fantasy, Op. 20
SEMIFINAL: J.S. Bach, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Born in New York City, violinist Wenlan Jackson has performed on stages across the United States and Europe. Among her recent engagements are solo performances with the Burbank Philharmonic, San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, and Colburn Baroque Ensemble. She was the winner of the Southern California Young Artist Competition, Hennings Fischer Young Artist Competition, Colburn Music Academy Concerto Competition, Contemporary Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, second prize at the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Concerto Competition, and invited to compete in the Carl Nielsen International Competition. In 2023, Wenlan soloed The Storm with the London Symphony Orchestra composed by Kitt Wakeley on his album, “An Adoption Story”, winning a Grammy Award. Wenlan is currently under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, pursuing her Bachelor of Music. She previously studied at the Colburn Music Academy and at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ivan Zenaty and Stephen Rose. At the age of 9, she was accepted as a Young Artist in residence at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, studying with Tatiana Samouil and Augustin Dumay. In recent years, she has received masterclasses with such luminaries as Mihaela Martin, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Garlitsky, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Midori, David Halen, and Ilya Kaler. Wenlan has attended and performed at summer festivals including the International Holland Music Sessions, Tibor Varga Academy, Aspen Music Festival and School, Sarasota Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves, and Smetana’s Litomyšl International Music Festival. She held the Frank Salomon Chair and served as Associate Concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician, she has performed as part of Colburn Chamber Music Society and receives coaching from Martin Beaver, Tatjana Masurenko, Clive Greensmith, and Fabio Bidini. Beyond performing, Wenlan is also deeply engaged in Colburn’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact, teaching violin to underprivileged children.