Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed in Europe, Japan, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, both as recitalist and with groups such as Ensemble X, Taliesin Trio, American Chamber Players, New York Chamber Soloists the New York Chamber Ensemble, Apple HIll Chamber Players and the Mark Morris Dance Company. For 11 years Ellen Jewett was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet. Hailed by the New York Times for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent sound” the quartet performed for 37 years throughout the US and abroad and coordinated an intensive string quartet seminar every summer at the Chautauqua Institute. They held their final concert there in the summer of 2011.
Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov, James Buswell, Colin Carr, Eugenia Zuckerman, Anthony Newman, John O'Conor, Marcus Thompson, James Campbell, Eli Eban, Rusen Gunes, Johannes Moser, Idil Biret and Lydia Artymiw. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has performed many premiers and worked closely with such composers as Phillip Glass, Sir Michael Tippett, Leon Kirchener, John Harbison, Steven Mackey, Steven Stucky, and Joan Tower and has performed with important NY-based contemporary music ensembles such as Continuum, Sequiter and Ensemble X.
Ellen received her BM at Indiana University and MM at State University of New York, Stony Brook where her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, James Buswell and Josef Gingold. She worked intensively with members of the Julliard, Tokyo and Budapest string quartets and was privileged to perform under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.
Ellen also performed as one of the concertmasters of the Borusan Philharmonic for 3 years under the invitation of Gurer Aykal, has been a guest concertmaster of the Istanbul State Orchestra and Bilkent Orchestra in Ankara and is currently the founder and artistic director of Klasik Keyifler, a chamber music festival in Cappadocia. She has served on the faculties of McGill University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ithaca College, and Ankara University. Ms. Jewett has recorded for Centaur, Chandos, Albany and Newport Classics.