Ian Jessee, Artist-in Residence for String Education at the West Virginia Symphony, is an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher throughout the United States and Europe. As an educator and pedagogue, his programs have consistently received superior ratings and highest honors in regional and state competitions, including a first-place prize at the National Orchestra Festival (2011) at the American String Teachers Association National Conference. He also serves as the music director of the West Virginia Youth Symphony Youth Strings Ensemble and will lead the orchestra on a European tour this summer to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Active in his profession, Mr. Jessee served two years as President of the West Virginia Chapter of ASTA (2006-2008), the American String Teacher Association, and currently serves as President for the state chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), where he organizes competitions and festivals throughout the state. Additionally, Ian serves as 1st Vice President for the state chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), where he acts as Competition Chair and Young Artist/Chamber Music Competition Coordinator for West Virginia. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), and the Conductors’ Guild. His dedication to his private violin and viola studio in Charleston is evident, with many of his students pursuing their musical studies at prestigious institutions such as Indiana University and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Jessee earned his bachelor’s degree in performance from the Ohio State University where he studied with Michael Davis. Other principal teachers include Myron Kartman, Yfrah Neaman, and Charles Castleman and chamber music studies with Kronos Quartet and Cavani Quartet.
An avid performer, Mr. Jessee performs with the West Virginia Symphony (assistant principal second), River Cities Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster), and will serve as assistant concertmaster of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria this summer. He has also performed with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC), Seneca Chamber Orchestra (WV), The Chicago Chamber Orchestra (IL), New Hampshire Music Festival, and the Bach and Beyond Baroque Music Festival (NY).
In addition to his many playing engagements he has served on the faculty of the international music festival Akademi Datça and Klasik Keyifler in Turkey.
His passion for music is not limited to just classical. Mr. Jessee’s keen interest in electronic music gained the attention of international DJ and producer Titonton Duvante leading to performances at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and recordings for Residual Records.
He plays a Thomaso Eberle violin made in 1771.