UCSB Department of Music welcomes Jennifer Kloetzel as Assistant Professor of Cello

Jennifer KloetzelThe UC Santa Barbara Department of Music welcomes acclaimed cellist Jennifer Kloetzel as Assistant Professor of Cello beginning Fall 2018. Ms. Kloetzel’s performance career spans over three decades and has included solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and an advocate for new music, Ms. Kloetzel has commissioned and premiered nearly 40 solo and chamber works by renowned composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Elena Ruehr, George Tsontakis, Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, and Daniel Asia. Having served as a Lecturer at UC Santa Barbara since Fall 2016, Ms. Kloetzel has performed on many Music Department concerts, including the department’s recent collaboration with CAMA for the organization’s Centennial Kickoff Celebration at Trinity Episcopal Church with fellow UCSB faculty members flutist Jill Felber and pianist Robert Koenig.
"Jennifer Kloetzel brings an unparalleled background to UCSB's Music Department as a world-class cellist, chamber musician, and educator. Her vision, passion, and integrity are beyond reproach and the Department of Music is extremely fortunate to have her join our faculty as we continue to explore new innovative and exciting directions,” said Professor Koenig, who directs the Chamber Music Program at UCSB and serves as Vice Chair of the department.
In her new position at UCSB, Ms. Kloetzel will serve as Area Head of the Strings Program and will take on a leading role within the department’s Chamber Music Program, one that will include the shaping of the unique Young Artists String Quartet program. Outside of UCSB, Ms. Kloetzel’s 2018-2019 performance season will include appearances with the Icelandic Chamber Music Festival and the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as the world-premiere of Lee Actor’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.
“I am delighted to join the UCSB Music Department,” said Ms. Kloetzel. “It is a thrill to be part of such a vibrant musical community with fantastic colleagues, and I look forward to guiding students and helping to shape their love of music-making and chamber music. After spending two summers at the Music Academy of the West as a young cellist, I dreamt of returning to the area. I am excited to make that dream a reality.”
To learn more about Ms. Kloetzel, please visit music.ucsb.edu/people/jennifer-kloetzel or jkcello.com.
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