Introducing Jenni Seo!


What’s your name?

Jenni Seo

Where are you from?

I was born in South Korea, but my family moved to San Diego when I was little.

How did you come to the viola?

I always loved the deep mellow sound of the viola, so I decided to switch from violin. Also, I think viola fits my personality better than violin.

Are you a Juilliard student?  Were you?  Or do you now work as part of the studio?

Yes. I am a second year student at Juilliard.

If you could perform any viola piece, what would it be?

If I could perform any viola piece, I would definitely be Reve D’enfant by ysaye. I feel like I could express myself so much through this piece and it’s absolutely a beautiful piece. Another one is schumann piano quartet op. 47, the slow movement. Whenever I feel a little upset or down, I listen to this movement. It instantly makes me feel better and puts me in a good mood. I always wait for the viola solo towards the end.. It’s the best thing in the world.

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be?

I want to conduct the Brahms symphony No. 2.

Who made your viola and how did you get to be the one playing it?

My viola was made by Giulio Cesare Gigli in 1706. It is on a loan to me from the instrument collection at The Juilliard school.

You are forced by the United States Government to not practice for a day.  What do you do with yourself?

I would thank the Government and watch the simpsons all day!!

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