JENNY ERIKSSON, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Jennifer Eriksson completed her initial musical studies at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music studying music education and cello with Barbara Woolley. Her first viola da gamba lessons were undertaken with Catherine Finnis in Sydney. She subsequently studied the viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden at the Rotterdam Conservatorium for three years where she completed post-graduate studies in baroque music. She founded The Marais Project in 2000. Jennifer also directs the Musica Viva in Schools ensemble, Sounds Baroque as well as being a founding member of the viol consort, “Seaven Teares”.
Since returning to Australia in 1988 Jennifer has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Victorian State Opera Orchestra, Salút Baroque, Opera Australia, the Renaissance Players, The Early Dance Consort, The Sydney Consort, Sydney Chamber Choir, The Parsons Affayre and numerous other ensembles. She founded The Marais Project with the aim of performing the complete works of the French baroque viola da gamba virtuoso, Marin Marais, as task she has more than 80% completed. As well as presenting an annual concert series, The Marais Project has performed live on the ABC’s “Sunday Live” broadcasts, Radio National’s “The Music Show” and recorded several studio concerts for ABC Fine Music. The ensemble released its first CD, “Viol Dreaming”, in October 2007. Her second CD “Love Reconciled” came out in 2010 to critical acclaim. In 2012 The Marais Project and Mara! released a joint CD, “Mara! meets Marais”. 2013 saw the release of “Lady Sings the Viol”, a unique compilation of “covers” of songs from the 1300 to the present day. Jenny has commissioned some 20 new Australian works for the viola da gamba including an Australian first work for viol consort and bass clarinet composed by Paul Cutlan and several new works for the electric viola da gamba by jazz composers Matt McMahon, Matt Keegan and Siebe Pogson.
In early 2013 Jenny took up a prestigious Winter Residency at Banff Arts Centre, Canada. Her other ensemble, “Sounds Baroque” has previously been in residence at Bundanon on the New South Wales’ south coast. In 2014 she was a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in that country’s first ever complete performance of Bach’s St John Passion. In 2015 The Marais Project releases its 5th CD, “Smörgåsbord!” which explores her and lutenist Tommie Andersson’s Swedish heritage.