Jenny Stirling was born into a very musical family in London, UK. She grew up with her two brothers in a house full of pianists and vocal students singing, practicing and performing. Not surprisingly, all three Stirling children went on to pursue lives in music. Stirling attended the Guildhall school of Music in London as a student of David Takeno. An attempt to escape the musical muse led her to several years as a professional cook and restaurant manager, but powerful musical genes compelled her to return to musical studies, this time as an undergraduate at the New England Conservatory of Music.
After several years working as a freelance violinist and member of the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in Boston, Stirling entered graduate school at SUNY-Stony Brook to pursue studies as a violist. While there she developed interests in early and new music performance practices, as well as being stricken with the chamber music bug!
Locally, Stirling is a member of the SARASA Chamber Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society, the Handel and Haydn String Trio, and is principle violist of the New England String Ensemble. She has performed often as a chamber musician for Boston’s WGBH radio station. International tours and performances have led her to the stages of many of Europe’s finest concert halls.
A passionate teacher and chamber music coach, Stirling holds a large private studio of violin and viola students, and is on the faculty at the NEC Preparatory School and at Concord Academy. She serves on the board ACMP – The Chamber Music Network, and organization dedicated to worldwide study and pursuit of chamber music activities by folks of all ages and abilities.