Jory Lane plays the mandolin, guitar, bass, and violin. He’s even dabbled a bit with the sitar and the banjo. He also sings and writes lyrics. And even though Lane can play all these instruments, he’s more than “pretty good” at playing the violin and mandolin. He’s won numerous performance competitions and awards, including the Eastman Violin Concerto Competition, the Colorado MTNA Competition, the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the fourth prize in the Walnut Valley Festival National Mandolin Championship.
On the heels of his recent graduation from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Lane is the latest in the 2023 Performance Today Young Artists in Residence cohort. Jory Lane started his musical journey playing bluegrass and Celtic music in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a music tradition he still keeps up to this day when he visits his hometown. When he’s not winning competitions or jamming with bluegrass ensembles, Lane writes music and performs with his party, funk, and disco band Bourbon Chai.
He’s been seen in concert halls worldwide, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Concertgebouw in the Netherlands and the Elbphilharmonie in Germany. He has also served as concertmaster for orchestras like the Eastman Philharmonia, Colorado All-State Orchestra, and the Western States Honor Orchestra. Lane will spend the summer of 2023 as the concertmaster for the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) before starting his Master’s program at the Juilliard School this fall.
Lane appears here in these performances with pianist William Shi.
Video: Jory Lane at the Walker Art Center
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