22-year-old flutist Jennifer Jo is currently a first-year Master's of Music degree student in the studio of Denis Bouriakov (Principal Flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Erin Bouriakov (Former Principal Flutist of Seoul Philharmonic) at UCLA as a graduate fellowship recipient.
Jennifer has most recently won First Prizes in the 2019 San Francisco Flute Society Competition, 2020 Sacramento Flute Club Competition, 2019 South Carolina Flute Society Competition, and the 2016-17 Carnegie Mellon University School of Music Concerto Competition, which allowed her to appear as a concerto soloist in two concerts and record a CD album with the wind ensemble. Additionally, she won prizes in the 2016 National YoungArts Competition, the 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, and was a Finalist in the 2020 Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Jennifer made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York after winning the American Protege International Concerto Competition at the age of 16. As an active orchestral and chamber musician, she has performed as Principal Flute in major concert halls around the world, such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall and Koussevitzsky Music Shed, Davies Symphony Hall, Carnegie Music Hall, Paramount Theatre, and venues in Switzerland and France. Jennifer is a member of the New York Flutists, a flute ensemble based in Manhattan. She has spent summers performing concerts on full-scholarship fellowships with the Talis Festival (Switzerland), the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (Washington, DC), and the Tanglewood Young Artists’ Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed at festivals abroad at the International Académie d'Été de Nice (France), Voksenåsen Festival (Norway), and Domaine Forget (Canada).
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Flute Performance and a minor in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she studied with Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser (Former Principal Flutist of New York Philharmonic). She graduated with both University and College Honors and was nominated into multiple honors societies, including the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. She was a four-year recipient of the merit-based Carnegie Scholarship, CFA Scholarship, and Dingwall Foundation Scholarship.
Born in Seoul and raised in the SF Bay Area, Jennifer has studied extensively with Maria Tamburrino. Additionally, she has performed for and worked with world-renowned flutists, such as Emmanuel Pahud, Vincent Lucas, Julien Beaudiment, Emily Beynon, Lorna McGhee, Michael Cox, and Tom Ottar Andreassen.
Jennifer is also an award-winning pianist and has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old. She passed the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level 10 with State Convention Honors. As a pianist, she has accompanied soloists, choirs, and musicals.