Dylana Jenson

Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute

Artistic Director, String Academy of Grand Rapids

Dylana Jenson has performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan and Latin America. After winning the Silver Medal at 17 in the Tchaikovsky Competition, she recorded the Sibelius Concerto with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Jenson was made an Honorary Citizen of Costa Rica at age 12 for her artistic contribution to her mother's homeland. Her sister, Vicky Jenson, directed the films "Shrek" and "Shark Tale."

Jenson gives master classes and has taught at summer music festivals including Interlochen Arts Camp and the Heifetz International Institute. She uses the Russian technique taught by Leopold Auer and championed by great artists such as Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh and Jasha Heifetz. This method develops a natural physical relationship to the instrument.

Dylana Jenson started the violin at the age of two and a half with her mother. She then studied with Manual Compinsky, Nathan Milstein and Josef Gingold.