Music Musings

Academy of International Ballet appoints Jennifer Nicole Campbell as Artist In Residence

The Academy of International Ballet (AIB) in Media, PA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Nicole Campbell as Composer In Residence.

In the words of AIB’s Artistic Directors Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy, “This amazing opportunity makes our ballet academy the first in the region, Indeed, among the 5000 plus ballet schools in the nation very few have a professional classical composer in residence."

In addition to holding her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of composing and performance experience to our students and our performances. She has performed at notable halls including Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark among others, and her compositions have been aired on Philadelphia's WRTI and New York's WQXR.

Ms. Campbell said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Academy of International Ballet over the 2017-2018 season. I know Denis and Anastasia will bring to my compositions their unique insights from their many years of professional performances on international stages and their choreographic experiences. During many preparatory visits to their academy I have observed their dancers demonstrate an exceptional level of passion, technique and commitment towards exploring new music which is quite inspirational to me as a composer. To merge art forms takes an enormous amount of trust and generosity and I see these necessary qualities at AIB."

The creative collaboration began in February when the musicians of the Delaware County Symphony opened the third chamber concert of their 2016-2017 season in the Meagher Theater at Neumann University with a unique European style Chamber Ballet. The concert featured a new composition by Ms. Campbell titled Butterfly Whispers. The work was commissioned especially for AIB dancers and was a result of multiple visits by Ms. Campbell to their ballet studio to observe the motion and energy of their dancers and to work in close collaboration with AIB Artistic Director Denis Gronostayskiy. The artistic matching of the Muses through a fusion of classical music and classical ballet onstage was met with delight and excitement from the audience.

This unique appointment marks a unique and collaborative relationship between the creative worlds of classical ballet and classical music. It will mark the next significant step in the evolution of the AIB ballet academy because it will lead to more opportunities for regional communities to experience the unique artistic fusion of these two beautiful arts forms. Having a classically trained composer in residence is unique and appreciated in the world of ballet.

Delaware County-based award-winning pianist and composer, Jennifer Nicole Campbell, presents Episode 2 of her Music Musings video series. Episode 2 is on Chopin's Minute Waltz. Also be sure to view the first installment of the series, " What makes Debussy's Clair de Lune so magical?

Jennifer Nicole Campbell has also recently released her first CD, "Perceptions of Shadows". ​ Click on the CD to learn more.

The album cover painting is by Karl J, Kuerner, III.
Photography by Rick Prieur; Video by George David Allen
 Jennifer Nicole Campbell, <i> Photo by Rick Prieur</i>



The classical radio station WRTI-FM's new classical host, Kevin Gordon, is on the radio every weekday from 2-6 pm. Jennifer Nicole Campbell was a recent guest during Kevin's Afternoon Drive show.
Award-winning pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell has been described as a “sensitive colorist and intelligent musician” (New York Concert Review). She has performed at notable halls including Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark among others. As concerto soloist, Ms. Campbell has performed with the Lansdowne Symphony, the Delaware County Symphony, and the Wilmington Community Orchestra among others. Her extensive repertoire ranges from works of J.S. Bach to Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. She has appeared on U.S. and Danish Television and radio, and was featured in the PBS documentary about the 5th Julia Crane International Piano Competition. Ms. Campbell has been awarded numerous first prizes in competitions including the 1000 Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, and the 2nd Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition where she won first prize in the Well-Tempered Clavier category as well as the Overall Prize for the Best Performance of a Contemporary Work. In addition, she has been the first place winner of the MTNA competitions in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, the West Chester University Piano Competition, and the Marian Garcia Piano Competition among others. Ms. Campbell has also participated in the 6th New York International Piano Competition, the Aarhus International Piano Competition in Denmark, and the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Most recently, Ms. Campbell was awarded 1st prize in the Newark Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed Grieg's Piano Concerto last spring under the baton of Maestro Simeone Tartaglione. She is currently serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Delaware County Symphony. An avid composer, Ms. Campbell’s music has been performed by numerous prominent artists. Her Piano Trio No. 1 received its premiere performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007. Ms. Campbell’s compositions have won the MTNA composition competitions in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, and her solo piano works have been premiered throughout the United States including halls at the University of Miami, the University of Buffalo, Canisius College, and the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Campbell’s works have been featured on recordings including the Winterthur Estate’s Garden Fair CD, the sacred music album Puer Natus, and most recently her album Perceptions of Shadows which is available on her website and on and iTunes. Ms. Campbell is also an enthusiastic chamber and ensemble musician. She has taken part in numerous chamber music festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Maryland Wind Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Peabody Bassoon Week where she collaborated with former BSO Bassoonist Phillip Kolker. In addition to performing in piano trios, quartets, and piano duo ensembles, Ms. Campbell worked as an accompanist at Peabody Conservatory for over 4 years, where she coached with John Shirley-Quirk, Denyce Graves, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, William Sharp and Ah Young Hong among others. In her academic pursuits, Ms. Campbell was awarded the Presser Scholar Award, the Peabody Alumni Award, and most recently the Peabody Career Development Grant to fund her debut solo piano album Perceptions of Shadows. Ms. Campbell holds her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied piano with Brian Ganz and composition with Judah Adashi on scholarship. She has also taken masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Seymour Lipkin, Norman Shetler, Matti Raekallio, Richard Goode, Jane Coop, Leon Bates, and Anthony DiBonaventura among others. Ms. Campbell finds music education an integral part of her life as an artist. In addition to maintaining a private piano studio, Ms. Campbell currently serves on the faculty at the Music School of Delaware and the Darlington Arts Center where she teaches piano, music theory, and composition. She has given masterclasses and lectures for at the Piano at Peabody Summer Program. Additionally, she taught Ear Training and Music Theory as a Graduate Assistant at Peabody Conservatory.