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Biography

Hailing from Twin Falls, Idaho, pianist Jacqueline Rasmussen has performed across the United States, garnering a reputation as an “inquisitive, creative” artist with “attention to detail and tenacity”. 

 

Jacqueline has given numerous solo recitals and performed in master classes for artists such as Alan Chow and Sean Duggan, and participated and performed at festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival and Brevard Music Center, where she studied under acclaimed instructors such as Norman Krieger, Michael Chertock, Boris Slutsky, Hitomi Koyama, and Sang Woo Kang. In 2019 she was awarded first prize in the Pasadena City College Concerto Competition, where she was featured as a soloist with the PCC Orchestra with conductor Henry Shin. Other competition accolades include 1st prize in the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Competition, 1st prize in the Pasadena City College Piano Competition, and division award winner in the Idaho Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Award Competition.

A passionate chamber musician, Jacqueline has collaborated with musicians of the San Diego Symphony and Sphinx Virtuosi and served as the principal pianist and director of piano projects in the USC Student Symphony Orchestra. Her passion for collaboration extents to her work with composers, where she has premiered several new works for solo piano and various ensembles.

Jacqueline is dedicated to expanding accessibility to music and the arts and building curious, compassionate, and equitable musical environments in communities through her work as a performing artist and teacher. Her teaching experience includes over 6 years of piano instruction, participating as a music tutor at Pasadena City College, and teaching and performing as a mentor in the Thornton Community Engagement Program.

Jacqueline was raised in a musical family and began her piano studies at age 6. She studied with Sue Miller at the College of Southern Idaho, where she was awarded Music Student of the Year 2017-2018. She moved to California in the fall of 2018 after being accepted into the studio of Jocelyn Chang at Pasadena City College, where she completed her Associate of Arts in Music with awards such as the MTNA Award for Unusual Promise in Piano, Collaborative Piano Award and Rachel Jane Stark Memorial Scholarship. Her studies continued at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with Stewart Gordon and Daniel Pollack, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society with her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and minor of Education and Society in 2023. She is now at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music pursuing her Master of Music in Piano Performance, studying under Sofya Gulyak. 

 

An avid cook and coffee enthusiast, Jacqueline also enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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