Jessica Krash was born in Washington, DC and continues to find it a good place to think about worldview and values. Her work as a composer and pianist has been presented in the US, Europe, and Asia. Jessica’s recent CD (Albany Records, 2018) was praised by the Wall Street Journal, Gramophone, and Fanfare, was “Recording of the Month” in Voix des Arts, and was named in “10 of the Best New Releases in 2018” by The Daffodil Perspective. Jessica’s cello concerto was premiered by Tanya Anisimova, James Ross and the Alexandria Symphony in 2018, and What I Learned From You will be premiered in Vilnius in fall 2020 by the Trimitas State Wind Orchestra of Lithuania. In fall 2019, Jessica was music director and pianist for Tim Nelson’s production of Butterfly at the IN Series, in Washington, DC and Baltimore.
In addition to collaborating with chamber musicians and singers, Jessica has enjoyed working with poets, choreographers, filmmakers, and other visual artists.
Jessica has given series of lectures at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, and NIH on topics of music and the brain, music history, and the insights we get from dangerous, banned and provocative music. She was a professor at George Washington University for almost 30 years. Jessica graduated with high honors from Harvard College, earned a master’s degree in piano from Juilliard, and a doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland.