Jenny Oaks Baker
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America's Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, is a Grammy Nominated, Billboard No. 1 recording artist, and performer. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.
Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Jenny Oaks Baker has released fifteen albums as a Shadow Mountain Artist, having sold over halfa million copies since 1998. Her album "Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney" earned a nomination at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jenny’s albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album "Then Sings My Soul" hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row. Her next project, "Noël: Carols of Christmas Past" was produced and arranged by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and features former “Celtic Woman” star Alex Sharpe. Her latest CD, "Classic: The Rock Album" has also been met by critical acclaim and is yet another Billboard chart-topping album. In April 2016, Jenny's album, "Awakening", an album of soul-filling inspirational hymns and classics will be released.
Jenny Oaks Baker’s performance career is equally impressive. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide. Her “In Performance” BYUTV Special Silver Screen Serenade, features Jenny performing music from her album of the same name. Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Alex Boye, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Jenny's emotionally stirring music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney's 2007 PBS Documentary, "The Mormons", TC Christensen's films, "17 Miracles"and "The Cokeville Miracle" , and alongside music by "The Killers" in Mitch Davis' new film, "Christmas Eve". Additionally, Jenny made her acting debut as the violinist character, Mandy in "Christmas Eve", a film starring James Roday, Jon Heder and Patrick Stewart.
Recently, Jenny teamed up with Director Danny Drysdale to launch The Jenny Oaks Baker YouTube Channel. The Channel features Jenny's inspiring and entertaining music videos and enables more people throughout the world to experience the thrill of her music and performance. These videos have been enjoyed by over 5 million viewers and are partially made possible through Jenny's Patreon.
With her extensive performing and recording careers in addition to her superlative education, Jenny is an esteemed expert and served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.
For seven years, Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family. Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside in SLC, UT.