Agility, Eloquence, Delight
Praised as “delightful and so refreshing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Jeanine Krause performs on oboes and recorders with orchestras and as a soloist in Germany, the USA and worldwide. She is revered as a teacher and coach for oboists and wind players. Born in the USA, Jeanine grew up steeped in the Lutheran choral tradition and surrounded by organ works.
Shortly after making Germany her second home 20 years ago, she embraced the Baroque oboe. In the meantime, she has established herself as a specialist in historical performance, playing works from all epochs with the appropriate instrumentarium. Jeanine delights in sounds, intervals and the multidimensional joy of layering underlying rhythms and harmonies over spinning, eloquent musical lines.
Health, longevity and happiness are linked to companionship. Jeanine’s drive is fueled by her desire to participate in the “Great Conversation” which deals with the perennial issues of men and women through time and across the world as expressed through art, literature, music and dance and which bind us together in fellowship.
Through this commitment, she has repeatedly found herself part of many fruitful collaborations over the years and all over the globe.
Highlights from her world travels include
- giving the first period performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion in Cape Town in collaboration with South African talent
- participation in the North American tour of John Malkovich’s provocative stage production of Giacomo Variations with the Wiener Akademie and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles)
- Collaborations with orchestras in Japan, Belgium, Germany and the US together with Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble representing “one on a part” scholarship for works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Also an avid chamber musician, she founded the Baroque chamber ensemble, The Sprightly Companions in 2009, which tours and lectures, collaborating with local artists. She is a founding member the Boston Early Music Festival featured oboe band, Symphonie des Dragons fashioned after Lully’s Douze Grand Hautbois and led by Gonzalo X. Ruiz. In 2019 Jeanine became the director of its European division.
Currently, Jeanine is expanding a successful poetry and story-telling collaboration on stage together with speaker and magician, Stefan Alexander Rautenberg. Here she is free to pull on all musical styles, exploring new repertoire and her ever growing collection of oboes and recorders.
In 2020 she officially opened JK Double Reed Making, an online resource for makers of oboe reeds who are achieving intense musical expression by advancing their skills, knowledge and experience. Since her very first lesson in oboe reed making at age 15 she has been enchanted with the natural materials and the old-fashion handcraft necessary to create reeds, the voice of her oboes.
Jeanine maintains a lively private studio teaching Baroque oboe students who keep her on her toes with their curiosity and dedication.
Jeanine uses every opportunity both at home and while travelling the world to indulge her passion for dancing Argentine Tango.
Photo: Teddie Hwang