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Student Recital Series: Julian Jenson, piano




Join us for a wonderful evening recital given by senior piano performance major Julian Jenson. The evening will include the following:

  • Prelude and Fugue in C# Minor, BWV 873 from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book II | Johann Sebastian Bach | 1685-1750
  • Etude-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat minor | Sergei Vesilievich Rachmaninoff | 1873-1943
  • Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 | Ludwig Van Beethoven | 1770-1827
  • Fantasize in F Minor, Op. 49 | Frédéric François Chopin | 1810-1849
  • Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 | Samuel Osmond Barber II | 1910-1981

This event will take place at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. Parking and admission are free. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

For more information about events through the Department of Music, please email MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU. We look forward to seeing you soon.

JULIAN JENSON, 22, is a senior at La Sierra University and will be receiving his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance this coming June. Born in Lancaster, CA, his musical journey began under the watchful eye of the late Leon Guide, director of the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. In less than a year, he had Julian conducted the orchestra and at age 6, perform a Mozart piano concerto under Mr. Guide’s own baton. Julian transitioned to studying the piano after his mentor’s untimely passing and was awarded a scholarship to take private lessons with Ori Shihor at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. This continued until he enrolled at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, taking from Dr. Douglas Ashcraft.

Julian has appeared in concert at a wide range of venues, from illustrious country clubs in Brentwood and Indian Wells to meager elementary schools and hospices in Southern California. In 2012 he was named a winner of the Idyllwild Arts Concerto Competition, and in 2013 he appeared on NPR’s From The Top. He has also competed and placed in a number of competitions in Southern California, including the Steinway Society of Riverside Piano Festival, the YoungArts La Regionals, and Music Center Spotlight in the years 2012 and 2013. In 2015, he was named the Marcia-Specht Guy Concerto Competition Winner and performed with the La Sierra University orchestra under the direction of Dean Anderson. Julian is grateful not only for the varied audiences he has brought music to, but also the extensive collaborations in which he has taken part. Throughout high school and college, he has performed as a pianist in small chamber groups, Baroque chamber orchestra ensembles, choirs, small jazz combos and big band, and also as a part of larger orchestras. In the summer of 2016, he accompanied the La Sierra University Chamber Singers on a tour to Japan, during which time he performed both as a singer in the ensemble, and as a chamber musician. Recently, Julian was awarded First Place in the Steinway Society of Riverside 2016 Concerto Competition. He also plays the organ at First Baptist Church of Riverside and accompanies the Raincross Masterchorale.
Julian also has a passion for music theory and composition. Since his sophomore year, he has served as the Teacher’s Assistant to Dr. Kenneth Narducci, head of the music theory department at La Sierra University. He has also composed several film scores, including a recent commission to provide incidental music for a TEDx talk given by Dr. Mark Abdollahian at La Sierra University.