Energetic and insightful, Nova Scotia’s Jennifer King is a versatile pianist who is equally at home as a soloist or collaborator on the concert stage. With a busy career spanning almost three decades, she has established herself as a sought-after performer and recording artist in the region.
An experienced and skilled musician, Jennifer has worked with many respected soloists and multidisciplinary artists throughout the Maritimes and beyond. Her artistic agility can find her on one day, accompanying students at a university and the next, touring as a soloist or working on a multidisciplinary project with other artists. She is in demand to assist with chamber and orchestral groups such as Argento Collective, Symphony Nova Scotia and many professional singers in the region.
With a special interest in new music, Jennifer enjoys frequent opportunities to perform a number of Canadian premieres recently by Daniel MacNeil, John Plant and Dinuk Wijiratne.
Jennifer is currently releasing a new album Twilight Hour Collected Stories for Piano which has an accompanying animated video by multimedia filmmaker Katrina Westin which was funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals program in 2020. A new album for 2021-22, funded by FACTOR, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition is also in progress. This Pan-Canadian album is a sequel to her debut album featuring music about the moon, planets and the night sky.
Jennifer loves exploring new and older hidden gems as both a solo and chamber musician, often showcasing these unique treasures for audiences in her solo recitals. In 2019 she created the role of British composer Dame Ethel Smyth for the hit fringe show, The Bessie Carruthers Study Club, exploring the music and stories of suffragettes, and brought to life the formidable Smyth whose work has been less known than her male compatriots. Jennifer is also music director/pianist for Light in the Forest, a multi-media mental health awareness theatre production produced by silk artist Holly Carr. She performs for Concerts in Care and is on the Atlantic Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre.
A graduate of Acadia University, Jennifer has a Master of Music in solo piano performance from McGill University. While living in the UK for 6 years, she completed post-graduate diplomas at the University of Reading and Royal Academy of Music in London. She has received a scholarship at the Kneisal Hall Chamber Music School, “the cradle of chamber music teaching in America” in Blue Hill, Maine, and a grant for contemporary music studies at the Britten Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, UK.
Jennifer has been the recipient of two Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships. Since returning to Canada was given an Award of Appreciation from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in recognition of her contributions to musical life in the province, and in 2019, was nominated for the ECMA Classical Album of the Year for her recording, O Mistress Moon. Her second recording Doolittle: Minute Études “Excerpts” (Live) was released in August 2019. Both recordings are available at Leaf Music label and all on line platforms.