Violinist JANELLE DAVIS enjoys a varied career as a collaborative chamber musician, orchestral player, and soloist with various North American early-music ensembles and has performed internationally in China, Europe, and the U.K. She has recorded for the IndieBarok label, Cedille records, IU Press, Heartland Baroque and has been heard in programs for PBS and live on Chicago’s WFMT classical radio.
A devoted educator, Janelle has been a strings instructor for preschool through adult learners in private and university settings, as well as in the public schools, and as a partner with various non-profits that bring music to the elderly, and to communities underserved by the arts.
Janelle holds a doctoral degree from Indiana University where she specialized in historical violins and music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Janelle’s heroes and music mentors include her violin teachers, Stanley Ritchie, Cynthia Roberts, Julia Bushkova, Peter Isaacson, and Celeste Myall, as well as Mona Wilson and Wendy Gillespie, with whom she studied viola and viola da gamba, respectively.
Besides performing and teaching, Janelle is a writer and worked for many years as a writer, producer and podcast host for the syndicated early music radio program, Harmonia. Janelle is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children.