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Jenny Oaks Baker


Jenny Oaks Baker began playing the violin at the age of four, and made her solo debut in 1983 when she was just eight years old. Since then, Ms. Baker has played for the world, thrilling audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States with performances equally powerful in emotion and mastery.

In April 1999, Ms. Baker made her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured soloist in the Easter Festival Concert. She has also performed as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress. She is a past guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir in national television and radio broadcasts. Additionally, Ms. Baker was a guest artist in "An Evening Celebration," a televised musical viewed throughout the world with Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

On Wings of Song, Ms. Baker's debut solo album released in 1998, received two Pearl Awards from the Faith Centered Music Association. For her 1999 recording, Songs My Mother Taught Me, she received an unprecedented three Pearl Awards including Instrumentalist of the Year. Her next recording, Where Love Is, was awarded Instrumental Album of the Year by the FCMA. Ms. Baker collaborated with pianist Jenny Richards to create, American Tapestry, an album celebrating the rich musical tradition of our nation. The Light Divine, her fifth album, was also honored with two Pearl Awards. Ms. Baker's albums have sold over 70,000 copies and her latest album, "The Best of Jenny Oaks Baker" has also been a top seller in the faith-based music industry.

Jackman Music recently published "The Jenny Oaks Baker Violin Collection." These two volumes of sheet music, by a variety of arrangers, were inspired by the music of Ms. Baker's albums and feature advanced hymn arrangements for violin and piano.

Ms. Baker received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and earned her bachelor's degree in violin performance from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

In addition to her solo performing and recording career, Ms. Baker is a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra and maintains a teaching studio.

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November 2005
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