At age 12 Jennifer Marten-Smith was invited to study piano with Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.
At age 16 she made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor , having previously recorded the Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with this orchestra. Two years later she again performed with the TSO, playing Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No 4. That same year, Jennifer was the youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and accompaniment.
Other concertos in her repertoire include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover.
Jennifer has performed as solo pianist throughout Australia and Europe and was a member of chamber groups Trio Médard (Germany) and The Kettering Piano Quartet (Australia).In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South Australia, after which she joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme. From 1997 to 2001 she was a full-time member of the music staff at the Staatsoper Hannover, Germany, subsequently working as music staff at Opera Australia for the next 11 years, before returning to her beloved city of Hobart.
Jennifer is in demand as a soloist, accompanist, teacher, vocal coach and chamber musician.