Jenny Oaks Baker
|Jenny Oaks Baker|
Photo from Classic: The Rock Album
|Born||Jenny June Oaks
May 27, 1975
Provo, Utah, United States
|Education||Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.)
Juilliard School (M.M.)
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Spouse(s)||Matthew David Baker (m. March 7, 1998–present)|
|Parents||Father: Dallin H. Oaks
Mother: June Dixon (1952–1998; deceased)
She began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Baker has released twelve albums as a Shadow Mountain Artist, having sold over a quarter of a million copies since 1998. Her album, Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney, earned a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Her albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album Then Sings My Soul hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row. Her next project, Noël: Carols of Christmas Past was produced and arranged by the composer Kurt Bestor and featured former Celtic Woman star Alex Sharpe. Her most recent CD, Classic: The Rock Album has also been met by critical acclaim and is another Billboard chart-topping album.
She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide. Her “In Performance” BYUTV Special Silver Screen Serenade, features Baker performing music from her album of the same name. Over the years she has collaborated with Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Baker's music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney's 2007 PBS Documentary, "The Mormons", TC Christensen's film, "17 Miracles" , and alongside music by The Killers in Mitch Davis' new film, "Stuck". Additionally, she will be making her acting debut as the violinist character, Mandy in "Stuck", a film to be released in 2015.
Baker served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.
For seven years, Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family. Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside outside of Washington, D.C.
Baker is the daughter of Dallin H. Oaks and the late June Oaks. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an alumna of East High School (Salt Lake City, Utah) (1993). She earned a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from Curtis Institute of Music (1997) and a master of music degree from Juilliard School (1999).
- Studio albums
- On Wings of Song (1998)
- Songs My Mother Taught Me (1999)
- Where Love Is (2000)
- American Tapestry (2001)
- The Light Divine (2003)
- The Best of Jenny Oaks Baker (2005)
- O Holy Night (2007) - Billboard Classical Albums #4
- Silver Screen Serenade (2008) - Billboard Classical Albums #6
- Then Sings My Soul (2010) - Billboard Classical Albums #1
- Wish Upon A Star (2011) - Billboard Classical Albums #6
- Noel: Carols of Christmas Past (2012) - Billboard Classical Albums #2, Billboard Heatseeker Albums #15
- Classic: The Rock Album (2014) - Billboard Classical Crossover Albums #2
Awards and nominations
- Concerto Soloists National Young Artists String Competition - Winner
- National Music Camp Concerto Competition - Winner
- Utah Symphony Guild Competition - Winner
- Kingsville International String Competition - Honors
- Irving M. Klein International String Competition (1996) - Michaelian Prize
- Governor's Mansion Artist Award (2008)
|2012||Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney||Best Pop Instrumental Album||Nominated|
- U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
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