Jennifer A. Maxwell recently finished a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University, where she was in the studio of the acclaimed Anthony di Bonaventura. Having passed all comprehensive exams with the highest marks, she was granted a special dissertation scholarship to research and write about the influences of Szymanowski and Chopin on the Mazurkas of British composer 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 a full scholarship from the University of Iowa, studying with Daniel Shapiro, a Leon Fleisher student. She has also trained at the Brandywine Piano Institute in West Chester, PA, and the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY.
An avid performer of solo and chamber repertoire, Maxwell has presented concerts at Boston University, the University of Rhode Island, the Jamestown Piano Association, Music in the Loft, Steinway of Chicago, the Mostly Music Concert Series, CUBE Chicago Contemporary Music Series, Schubertiade Chicago, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association Convention, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, Illinois Central College, Cardinal Stritch University, the Music Institute of Chicago Duo Piano Festival, and the PianoForte Great Pianists Series, among others; performed concerti with the Southern Illinois Symphony and the University of Chicago Symphony; and been featured on Live From WFMT, Chicago’s Classical Radio.
Maxwell has held professional positions at the University of Chicago Department of Music, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the University of Louisville. A committed educator, Maxwell has maintained a private teaching studio throughout her career, working with pianists of all ages and levels. Her students have performed in recitals and masterclasses, won competitions, and received music scholarships at colleges and universities. She is also active as a clinician and adjudicator, presenting masterclasses at various universities and serving as a judge for Music Teachers National Association, the Bay State Contest, the Judged Festival, the Society of American Musicians, the National Federation of Musicians, and the Louisville Orchestra Young Artist Competition, among others. In addition to her position at the Nantucket Community Music Center, Maxwell is a new faculty member at the University of Rhode Island School of Music.