“The Austin Symphony Orchestra has lost a longtime member of its family,” writes Robert Faires in Thursday’s (12/29) Austin Chronicle. “Jennifer Bourianoff, Assistant Concertmaster for ASO since 1997, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 27, after a virulent strain of pneumonia caused her vital organs to shut down. She was 41. Bourianoff spent almost half her life with ASO, joining the symphony in her early 20s, not long after she returned to her hometown from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she had earned her bachelor’s degree in violin performance.… A graduate of O. Henry Middle School and Austin High and a student of Felicity Coltman’s at the Austin Chamber Music Center, Bourianoff went on to obtain a master’s in violin performance from the University of Texas. And in addition to her work with ASO, she played with the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra and a whole host of chamber music groups…. In 2005, the Austin Under 40 Awards named her educator of the year, and she was recognized as one of the Teachers Who Make a Difference by Fox 7 News.”

Posted January 4, 2012