BSO: Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser chair
A multi-faceted musician, Jennie Shames was invited to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra the season after her magna cum laude graduation from Harvard University in 1979. As a member of the orchestra, she has performed frequently on the BSO's Supper Concerts series, as well as in Prelude Concerts at Tanglewood. She has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams and Ronald Feldman and has also played concertos with the New England Philharmonic and many other orchestras in the New England area. In demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, she has appeared in recitals throughout the northeast and has participated in the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival in Alaska.
Born into a musical family, Ms. Shames began studying the violin at the age of three and made her first concert appearance at four. She continued her studies at Hartt College of Music with Nathan Gottschalk, Raphael Bronstein, and Arianna Bronne. Later she studied with Joseph Silverstein and was awarded a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship in 1976. As a founding member of the Diaz-Shames-Diaz String Trio with her former BSO colleague Roberto Diaz, viola, and Andres Diaz, cello, Ms. Shames' appeared in performances at Cornell University and the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., as well as on the Tuesday Evening Concert Series at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Other appearances with the trio included a residency at the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Shames is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory.