American pianist Dr. Jennifer A. Maxwell has earned acclaim for her versatility as a performer, educator, and scholar. A 2016 Grammy Award Nominee, Maxwell recently finished a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, where she was in the studio of the legendary Anthony di Bonaventura and was granted a special dissertation scholarship to research and write “Tracing a Lineage of the Mazurka Genre: Influences of Szymanowski and Chopin on the Mazurkas of Thomas Adès.” Maxwell received a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville on full fellowship as a student of Artist-in-Residence Lee Luvisi, himself a student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczysław Horszowski; and a Bachelor of Music degree with honors and highest distinction on full scholarship from the University of Iowa, studying with Daniel Shapiro, a Leon Fleisher student. She also trained at the Brandywine Piano Institute and Chautauqua Institute.
An avid performer of solo and chamber repertoire, Maxwell has presented concerts at the Providence Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Boston University, University of Rhode Island, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket Music Center, Jamestown Piano Association, Rhode Island College, Music in the Loft, Steinway of Chicago, Mostly Music Concert Series, CUBE Chicago Contemporary Music Series, Schubertiade Chicago, Illinois State Music Teachers Association Convention, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, Illinois Central College, Cardinal Stritch University, Music Institute of Chicago Duo Piano Festival, and PianoForte Great Pianists Series, among others; performed concerti with the Southern Illinois Symphony and University of Chicago Symphony; been featured on Live From WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Radio; and she was the pianist for the National Association for Music Education bi-annual convention. Recent and upcoming activities include solo recitals of works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and Adès; performances of her archival/original score for the 1922 classic silent film Down to the Sea in Ships; a lively interview/performance on National Public Radio; a series of recitals with American lyric soprano Dr. Greta Feeney; being featured on the Nantucket Arts Council Celebrity Series with her piano duo partner, Dr. Svetlana Belsky; performing a new tango adapted as a piano concerto as part of Nantucket Music Center’s Tempo di Tango Festival; presenting a unique recital on the Nantucket Wine Festival’s program “Can You Hear Your Wine?,” and kicking off a “Lessons From History” series at the Nantucket Historical Association with a program on the life and music of Charlie Chaplin.
Maxwell is a faculty member at Nantucket Music Center on Nantucket Island. She also served on faculty at the University of Rhode Island Department of Music. Previously she held positions at the University of Chicago Department of Music, Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and University of Louisville School of Music. A committed educator, Maxwell has maintained a private teaching studio throughout her career, working with students of all ages and levels.
Her students have performed in recitals and master classes, won competitions, and received music scholarships at colleges and universities. Maxwell is active as a clinician and adjudicator, presenting master classes at various universities and judging for Music Teachers National Association, Bay State Contest, Judged Festival, University of Rhode Island Piano Extravaganza, Society of American Musicians, and National Federation of Musicians, among others.