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Violinist Jessica Ryou has enjoyed a wide-spanning and versatile musical career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and educator throughout the United States and around the world. Her performances have led her to play in some of the world’s most prestigious music venues, such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Severance Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
An active orchestral musician, Jessica was a member of the first violin section of the North Carolina Symphony from 2018 to 2020. She has also recently served as acting concertmaster and acting principal of the Symphony of the Mountains. Prior to her time in North Carolina, she was a Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she was featured as concertmaster and principal under conductors such as John Adams, Stéphane Denève, Roberto Abbado, and Pablo Heras-Casado. She was a member of the violin sections of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, amongst many others. Jessica has served as concertmaster of several orchestras and festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, where she was featured twice as a soloist, performing the Dvořák Violin Concerto and the Moszkowski Suite for Two Violins.
A passionate chamber musician, Jessica has studied chamber music under the tutelage of members of the Guarneri Quartet and the Takács Quartet. She is a regularly featured artist with the Semplice Players at Bargemusic in New York and the Paramount Chamber Players in Bristol. Equally at home in the studio as the concert stage, Jessica has recorded the violin tracks for film studios and record labels such as Dreamworks, Netflix and Warner Music Group. Her playing is featured on Ricky Montgomery’s hit single, “Talk To You” (strings remix), and 2021 Netflix film, Afterlife of the Party.
As an educator, Jessica is currently an adjunct violin professor at East Tennessee State University. Jessica received her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. Her primary teachers were William Preucil, Margaret Batjer, and Henry Gronnier.