Jessica Bodner, described by the New York Times as a “soulful soloist”, is the violist of the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet. Ms. Bodner has recently appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Library of Congress, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (Vienna), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Seoul Arts Center, and has appeared at festivals including Yellow Barn, Perigord Noir in France, Spring Arts Festival (Monte Carlo), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Cemal Recit Rey (Istanbul), and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hitzacker, and Heidelberg String Quartet Festival (Germany). As a member of the Parker Quartet, she has recorded for ECM, Zig-Zag Territoires, Nimbus, and Naxos.
Recent collaborators include clarinetists Charles Neidich and Jörg Widmann, pianists Menahem Pressler, Shai Wosner, and Orion Weiss, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Donald Weilerstein, violists Kim Kashkashian and Roger Tapping, cellists Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky, and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum.
Jessica is a faculty member of Harvard University’s Department of Music in conjunction with the Parker Quartet’s appointment as Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence. She has held visiting faculty positions at the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music.
Outside of music, Jessica enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, biking, and hiking with her husband, violinist Daniel Chong, their son, Cole Franklin, and their vizsla, Bodie.