Sylvia Jenkins graduated “summa cum laude” from the San Francisco Conservatory and studied in Vienna and Siena, Italy (Accademia Chigiana). Her many scholarships and prizes include the San Francisco Critics Circle award, the University of California award, the University of California Alfred Hertz Scholarship for three consecutive years, and the Munich International Competition. “Beautiful performance”, wrote Zoltan Koday of her interpretation of his piano music at a special concert (Stanford University) honoring the composer on his single trip to the U.S.
Sylvia has concretized as soloist and chamber musician around the world, including festivals such as Ojai (California), Hong Kong, Meirigen (Switzerland), Vezelay (France), the Brahms Festival in Mexico City, and over 125 concerto engagements. Since 1974 she has been Music Director and principal pianist of the Crown Chamber Players, based at Crown College, University of California at Santa Cruz and performing widely. Ms. Jenkins teaches at the University and is also especially known for her insightful Master Classes. Performances include radio and television recitals in Europe and quintets with the Pro Arte and New Zurich String Quartets.
“Fabulous pianist” OSLO Dagbladet
“Great comprehension of the whole…breathtaking, consistent rendering…technically this Mendelssohn could hardly be better…her pearl-like, even playing in the Mozart outer movements was a s fascinating as the simplicity and deep feelings of the Adagio” BERN Der Bund
The Munich Merkur called her recent solo recital there “an enormous achievement” with “superior technique and temperament, animation and fire;” the Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote of her “sovereign performance, full of feeling and sensitive touch.”
“An exquisite sensitivity, a special feeling for the possibilities of piano sonority and a profound stylistic penetration…at every moment a great transparency…consummate technique.” MEXICO CITY Excelsior
“Loving attention to detail, transparency and tonal brilliance…one can only be thankful for the delicately graduated performance…a program of the greatest charm.” BERLIN Der Tagesspiegel
“A brilliant technique, with the slightest trace of effort…exemplary performance discipline…crystal clear gracious Mozart playing…astonishing intuitive insight for Schubert.” HAMBURG Morgenpost
“Splendid artistry…fresh and joyful” SAN FANCISCO Chronicle