Pianist Jennifer Heemstra has performed as soloist and chamber musician, as well as theatrical accompanist and coach throughout the United States and Europe in such venues as the United Nations Rome, American Embassy Rome and Cleveland’s renowned jazz hotspot Nighttown. International Press has acclaimed “Jennifer Heemstra’s finely calibrated piano accompaniment proves you don’t need an orchestra to showcase lovely music.”
Ms. Heemstra earned a Bachelor of Music with University Honors from Michigan State University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. During her seven years in Cleveland, Ms. Heemstra worked as a Lecturer and Staff Accompanist for over 350 performances in the music department at Case Western Reserve University, performed with the Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera and founded Gershwin ’29 a cabaret of Golden Age hits.
In addition she concertized regularly with renowned members of the Cleveland Orchestra and was a featured soloist in broadcasts over the fine arts radio station WCLV. In Rome, Italy Ms. Heemstra was the Musical Director for Chicago and Into the Woods at John Cabot University. While teaching at the American Overseas School of Rome she founded Viva` Voce! Music Camp. Ms. Heemstra maintained private studios in both Rome and Cleveland before her most recent move to Kolkata in March.
Since her arrival in Kolkata she has performed at the ICCR, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Saint John’s, the Goethe-Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Jorasanko, the American Center and has established a private studio.