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Hailed by critics as “effective, clear, and brilliantly controlled” and a
“confident, skilled performer”, Charleston-native Brianna Jaeger is accoladed as a
‘magnetizing force’ at the keyboard. She has appeared across the globe as a soloist
and collaborator, featuring performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium,
The Kaufman Music Center, Tribute Communities Recital Hall of Toronto,
Schlosskirche Cathedral, Steinway Piano Gallery, and Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Brianna is an active performer, composer, avant-garde and
Holocaust music specialist currently located in Washington, DC.

 
 At the age of 12, Brianna won her first award, placing for an invitation to appear on PBS, shortly thereafter, receiving an award in the South Carolina Concerto Competition. Since then, she has continued to garner international recognition for her performances. Her performances have been heard live and virtually throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. In addition to her recital appearances, Brianna was recently awarded first place at the Rocky Mountain International Piano Competition in Canada. Earlier in 2022, she received 2nd place at the semifinal round of the 2022 International Grand Prix Music Competition, and 3rd place at the Charleston International Contemporary Music Competition. She is currently an artist in the Arte Piano International Competition and Festival, based in Italy.
 
Brianna has an affinity for new music and creative collaborations, especially featuring avant-garde chamber music, experimental art, and electroacoustic projects. She has frequently performed and premiered music by 20th century – present day composers, including artists such as Benjamin Broening, Messiaen, Emma Lou Diemer, Ligeti, and Charity Morrison. As a member of the new music ensemble EDGE, Brianna performed with New York based orchestra Alarm Will Sound on their production of John Luther Adam’s ‘Ten Thousand Birds’. Most recently, she was featured as a guest artist in the 2022 Contemporary Art Music Project Festival in Tampa, Florida, premiering Dr. Richard Pressley’s Cantus Hommage a Messiaen
 
In addition to her keyboard career, Brianna is an avid composer and arranger. Her music has been performed across the east coast, including scores written for solo piano, marching band, and various chamber groups. In 2020, she was commissioned by Shenandoah University to arrange a piano solo inspired by the folk song ‘O Shenandoah’, which was performed virtually for the graduating Class of 2020. The following year, Brianna’s collaborative joint work, 'Mountaintop for Mezzo Soprano, Piano, and Dance', was commissioned by Shenandoah University to be written and performed for the Class of 2021. Her musical influences are inspired by the music of Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Kaija Saariaho, and traditional Jewish music.
 
Brianna obtained her Master of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she studied under Ieva Jokubaviciute and Dr. Alexander Bernstein, with whom she continues to study. Brianna received her undergraduate degree in piano from Charleston Southern University, where she studied piano under Mr. Eugene Koester and Dr. Brad Parker, and instrumental conducting under Dr. Nicholas V. Holland, III. Other influential educators on her career have included Dr. Richard Pressley, Mark Sterbank, Graeme Burgan, and Olivia Cresswell. During her collegiate studies, Brianna was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honor Society for Music, and Alpha Chi, for academic excellence and research.
 
Brianna’s graduate research featured her master’s thesis on Beethovenian elements in Schubert’s piano sonatas, the implications of the Holocaust on György Ligeti’s etudes, and translating a lost 13th century Czech mass. She is currently reconstructing music written during the Holocaust and writing a biography on the lives of the composers, a project for which she is a Fulbright Scholar Semifinalist to study in Jerusalem, Israel. She is currently on faculty at The Catoctin School of Music and International School of Music, where she teaches keyboard instruments, music theory, and composition. When she is not at an instrument, you can find her in a café with a
book, painting, or playing with her three mischievous parrots.
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