Artistic Director

Jennifer Kirsner

Jennifer is a Melbourne-based period and modern violinist who has a passion for chamber music and has worked in diverse genres from Renaissance and garage bands in Melbourne to Ceilidh bands in Northern England. She has been a regular member of various Australian ensembles including the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera), the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She has also worked with early music ensembles including Latitude 37, Ludovico’s Band, and Accademia Arcadia, and has been involved in numerous live and studio recordings for ABC Classic.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at The University of Melbourne with first class honours in performance, and pursued further study in historically-informed performance over several years through private study, summer schools, and masterclasses on period violin in Australia, Italy, and the UK.

Jennifer also has a doctoral degree in forensic psychology and maintains an active private practice as a clinical psychologist. She has completed a Master of Philosophy investigating psychosocial developmental factors associated with the development of music performance anxiety, and she has a keen clinical interest in this area. Her work has been published in the Oxford Handbook of Music Performance.