B i o g r a p h y
Jennifer Brisk is an experienced classical singer and performs regularly operatic, chamber and oratorio repertoire. Jennifer is also a seasoned recitalist performing internationally. In July 2016, Jennifer sang Mercedes in David Gately's production of Carmen with renowned conductor Christopher Larkin with the MAI Festival Orchestra for 'Il Trentino Music Festival'. After her success in this performance Jennifer was invited to sing the title role of Hansel in Hansel und Gretel in a modern production for the Black Box Theatre, Hong Kong, in early 2017 with director Ming Kwong. Jennifer performed the alto solos for Mozart’s Requiem & Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man with conductor Grenville Hancox, MBE, at the Coyler-Fergusson Concert Hall in the UK, 2017 and performed contralto solos for conductor Hans van der Toorn with his COV Excelsior Leiderdorp chorus and the Leiden Sinfonietta in February.
This summer Jennifer sang in the Indemini Music Festival, Switzerland directed by soprano Luise Breyer-Aiton and famed soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet with pianist Nicola Rose, Welsh National Opera/Royal Opera House. This September Jennifer will be singing various recitals in the Vernazza Opera Festival in the Cinque Terra and later in the year singing Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria with conductor Grenville Hancox, MBE, at the Coyler-Fergusson Concert Hall.
Jennifer’s other engagements include performing at prestigious events such as ‘Orchestra in a Field’ with conductor Charles Hazelwood, and guest appearances at the International Green Awards, celebrating Prince Charles’ ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Jennifer performed the lead role, 'Lydia' for the 'Deal Festival' in a modern opera ‘Burning of the Boats’, directed by Matthew Sharp and conducted by David Burridge in 2014 and again in 2018 whilst 9 months pregnant! Jennifer also performed on several occasions for the celebrated Canterbury Music Festival. Jennifer has also dedicated many of her recitals to fundraising for various international charities, such as Save the Children and been involved in many international fundraising projects, including an event hosted by Sir Richard Branson.
Prior to her Music studies Jennifer gained a BA in English Literature at the University of Kent. Later as a music student Jennifer was awarded a First Class degree and Full Scholarship for her Master of Music degree, in which she gained a Distinction for Performance. Prizes and scholarships were awarded to Jennifer during her studies from the Beerling Trust, Seary Trust and the Alan Parnell Competition. During this time Jennifer was honoured as the overall winner of the Kent Arts Festival.
Jennifer has studied vocal technique with the late Ameral Gunson, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Dame Rosalind Plowright, Eva Zwedberg and now studies with famed dramatic soprano Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet in Italy and in Switzerland. Jennifer is developing her operatic and oratorio repertoire and developing classical programmes in Holland, Germany, Italy and the UK.
Masterclasses have brought her together with world renowned and imminent teachers, Professor Gerd Uecker, now retired Intendant of the Semper Oper, Dresden and the American sopranos, Kammersängerin Cheryl Studer and world renowned singer, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet.