Chicago Philharmonic Violinist Jennifer Cappelli

Jennifer CappelliQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. I am from a family of professional musicians, and my parents took us to concerts regularly from a very early age. I remember being at a concert in orchestra hall and while listening to the orchestra, thinking how much I wanted to play the violin. When I was old enough, my Dad asked me what instrument I would like to play. Although my parents were pianists, I have an aunt who is a professional violinist and my older sister is also a violinist, so I was ecstatic when it was decided that I would also study the violin. From the time that I had my very first lesson, I knew that I wanted to pursue music as a career.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. The Chicago Philharmonic has a great amount of versatility amongst it’s musicians. It is so much fun to be able to perform works of different eras and genre, to have the orchestra change from a chamber ensemble to a full symphonic orchestra and cover so many different types of repertoire.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I think that it would be fun for us to host a concerto competition for young musicians, and offer the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. In addition, I would like to see the orchestra present pre concert lectures and chamber ensembles.

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