Biography

Jens Ibsen, composer/tenor, is a multidisciplinary artist whose vocal talents have led him to performances from Dubai to Shanghai, with stops along the way on German television and at Carnegie Hall and the UN. Jens was a principal soloist and the first African-born member of the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir.
 
As a composer, Jens’ works span from solo repertoire to orchestral works, as well as electroacoustic music. He also has written various works for himself to perform such as Elegy (2018), which was commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium. In 2019, Jens was commissioned to write a piano solo, Twilight Tune, for the Impulse New Music Festival. During his time at Pepperdine, Jens was one of the three Pickford Composers commissioned to write music for silent film for the Up Against the Screen project through the Mary Pickford Foundation in 2015. This entailed writing over 20 minutes of music for chamber ensemble for a live screening of the film A Little Princess. Jens was also assistant director of the Pickford Ensemble, the ensemble of student performers which premiered these new works.
 
Jens has also produced site-specific performances during his tenure with the Museum of Joy as their musician-in-residence. This culminated in two choral flash mobs in San Francisco, one of which took place on a BART train platform.
 
Jens is active as a performer on both coasts in New York and San Francisco as a freelance vocalist singing everything from early music to world premieres with ensembles such as Trinity Wall Street and OS Ensemble. In 2018, Jens sang the role of Triquet in Mannes Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin conducted by Julian Wachner. He is also a passionate recitalist, often collaborating with pianist-composer Preben Antonsen.
 
Jens completed his B.A in Music Composition at Pepperdine University under N. Lincoln Hanks while studying voice under Louise Lofquist. He received his M.M. in Music Composition at the Mannes School of Music under Missy Mazzoli while studying voice under Stephen Powell. Other primary composition teachers have included Randall Woolf, Matthew Brown, and Matthew Cmiel. His voice teachers have included Sheri Greenawald and Eva Lindquist. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.