Joan Jeanrenaud

Biography

Born: 1956; United States  
Joan Jeanrenaud has led a colorful, multi-phase career: she was cellist with the Kronos Quartet for over 20 years, appearing to acclaim at most of the major concert halls in Europe, Asia, and the Americas; since 1999 she has freelanced as a soloist and chamber player and has also arranged and composed music, most scores involving cello and electronics. Throughout her career Jeanrenaud has worked with many of the leading contemporary composers, a Read more group that includes Cage, Glass, Riley, Piazzolla, Gorecki, Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros, and many others. Those familiar with the work of the Kronos Quartet are aware the group favored twentieth century and contemporary music, a propensity that Jeanrenaud was fully in sympathy with. Indeed, and Jeanrenaud has had many works written specifically for her, especially in the new century. They include Terry Riley's Bruce's Traveling Machine (2004), for solo cello, and Alvin Curran's Passing Notes (2006), for cello and percussion. Jeanrenaud made more than 30 recordings with the Kronos Quartet, most released on the Nonesuch label, and since her departure from that group she has made several highly acclaimed discs, including the Grammy-nominated 2008 effort Strange Toys, on the Talking House label. Jeanrenaud has also recorded for New Albion, New World Records, and other labels.

Joan Jeanrenaud was born near Memphis, TN, in 1956. Raised on a farm, she began playing the cello at 11. A year later she began lessons with Memphis Symphony cellist Peter Spurbeck. Jeanrenaud's advanced studies were at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where her teachers included Fritz Magg. Following graduation she played cello in the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein. She then had private studies in Switzerland with cello virtuoso Pierre Fournier.

In 1978 Jeanrenaud joined the Kronos Quartet. The group's advocacy of contemporary music did not derail them from achieving popularity and wide recognition as one of the leading string quartets before the public. Beside the numerous recordings they made, the Kronos Quartet performed in over 2,000 concerts with Jeanrenaud as cellist.

She departed the ensemble in 1999 but still occasionally performs with it. In the new century Jeanrenaud has continued working as a performer, but has also contributed much music of her own to the cello repertory. She wrote the score, and performed the music, for the March 2007 San Francisco premiere of Humansville, a production of the Joe Goode Performance Group, a prominent dance theater company. Read less
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  • 1.
    Explorer Series: Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 536951 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Dumisani Maraire,  Hassan Hakmoun,  Foday Musa Suso,  Lawrence JKS Tamusuza  ... 
    Performer:  Dumisani Maraire,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Hank Dutt,  John Sherba  ... 
    Conductor:  Terrence Kelly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir,  Tuvan Singers  ... 
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    Fate Of The Lhapa / O.s.t.
    Label: Belarca   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Susman
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Tsering Wangmo
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    Oil On Ice / O.s.t.
    Label: Belarca   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Susman
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud
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    William Susman - Music For Moving Pictures / Jeanrenaud, Stroika, Susman
    Label: Belarca   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Susman
    Performer:  Mira Stroika,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  William Susman
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    Roger Kleier: The Night Has Many Hours
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 685 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Kleier
    Performer:  Roger Kleier,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Annie Gosfield
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    Lou Harrison: Chamber & Gamelan Works
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80643 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Machiko Kobialka,  Patricia Jennerjohn,  Don Marconi,  Jerome Neff  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hughes,  Paul Price
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamelan Sekar Kembar,  Kronos Quartet,  Manhattan Percussion Ensemble
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    Terry Riley: Cadenza On The Night Plain / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Hannibal   Catalog: 1509 Release Date: 01/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Terry Riley
    Performer:  David Harrington,  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt,  Joan Jeanrenaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 8.
    Label: Solitary B   Catalog: 5637389798 Release Date: 05/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miya Masaoka
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Miya Masaoka
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  • 9.
    Monk Suite - Kronos Quartet Plays Music Of Thelonious Monk
    Label: Savoy Jazz   Catalog: 17404 Release Date: 07/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thelonious Monk,  Cootie Williams,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Performer:  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt,  David Harrington,  Joan Jeanrenaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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    Music Of Bill Evans / Kronos Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Savoy Jazz   Catalog: 17405 Release Date: 07/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Evans
    Performer:  Jim Hall,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 11.
    Christian Wolff: Burdocks
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 7071 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Wolff
    Performer:  Peter Wahrhaftig,  Jennifer Choi,  Stephen Drury,  William Winant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Other Minds Ensemble
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    Marshall: Kingdom Come, Hymnodic Delays, Fog Tropes 2
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79613 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ingram Marshall
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba,  David Harrington,  Hank Dutt
    Conductor:  Paul Dunkel,  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Composers Orchestra,  Theatre of Voices,  Kronos Quartet
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    Harrison: Rhymes With Silver / Joan Jeanrenaud, Et Al
    Label: New Albion   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Benjamin Simon,  David Abel,  Julie Steinberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
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    Kole Kat Krush - Jay Cloidt / Kronos Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Starkland   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jay Cloidt
    Performer:  Jay Cloidt,  Gene Reffkin,  Amy Knoles,  Robert Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Dresher Ensemble,  Basso Bongo,  Kronos Quartet
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    Schnittke: The Complete String Quartets / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79500 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  John Sherba,  David Harrington,  Hank Dutt,  Joan Jeanrenaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 16.
    Adams: Gnarly Buttons, Etc / Adams, Collins, Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79465 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Hank Dutt,  David Harrington,  John Sherba  ... 
    Conductor:  John Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 17.
    Kronos Quartet - Early Music
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79457 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut,  Harry Partch,  Arvo Pärt,  David Lamb  ... 
    Performer:  John Harrington,  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt,  Marja Mutru  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Huun-Huur Tu,  Solesmes Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre Monks
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  • 18.
    Golijov: The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind / Kronos
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79444 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Osvaldo Golijov
    Performer:  Hank Dutt,  David Krakauer,  David Harrington,  John Sherba  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 19.
    Tan Dun: Ghost Opera / Wu Man, Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79445 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tan Dun
    Performer:  Wu Man,  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt,  David Harrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 20.
    Gay American Composers
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps,  Lee Hoiby,  Lou Harrison,  Chester Biscardi  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps,  Peter Stewart,  Lee Hoiby,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman,  William Hibbard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 21.
    Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79356 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Hank Dutt,  David Harrington,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 22.
    Kaija Saariaho: Du Cristal, ...à La Fumée, Nymphea
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 804 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kaija Saariaho
    Performer:  Anssi Karttunen,  Petri Alanko,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kronos Quartet
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  • 23.
    John Anthony Lennon: Voices, Ballade Belliss', Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 599 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Anthony Lennon
    Performer:  David Harrington,  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Continuum
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  • 24.
    In Formation / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 12/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Dorsey,  John Geist,  John Whitney,  Frederick Hunt Beyer  ... 
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  Hank Dutt,  John Sherba,  David Harrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 25.
    Ostertag: All The Rage / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79332 Release Date: 10/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bob Ostertag
    Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud,  John Sherba,  Eric Gupton,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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