About Jensen Artists

Photo by Ryuhei Shindo

Founded in 2007 as public relations firm Christina Jensen PR, Jensen Artists expanded in 2015 to include artist management services. Jensen Artists is dedicated to developing the careers and telling the stories of today's most vibrant classical musicians. We are motivated by a desire to illustrate the abundance and appeal of today’s classical music world by sharing our clients’ personalities, creativity, and art with the public. 

 

Founder Christina Jensen has worked in the classical music industry for fifteen years, gaining experience in a variety of areas of the field before founding the firm in 2007. Previously, Christina worked in corporate sponsorship at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as Director of Community Outreach with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as orchestra manager and public relations assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Upon moving to New York after finishing graduate school at Boston University, Christina began helping classical musicians who were friends and family with their PR needs. What began as “moonlighting” to make rent in the Big Apple turned into a full time job in 2007 when Christina found herself with too many clients, and not nearly enough sleep. Her earliest major success came later that year, when Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations became a surprise bestseller. Highlights since then have included co-producing a new collaboration among cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs; publicizing André Previn’s 80th birthday season; several Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning album campaigns; as well as countless world premieres and performances of compelling classical music, new and old, throughout the country.

 

Christina’s approach values authenticity, strategic creativity, constant evaluation of new communication trends and technology, and a strong work ethic. The fact that her roster, in spite of its growth, has continued to feel like an extended group of friends and family has been an unexpected and highly prized reward of her work.

 

Christina has been part of panel discussions hosted by organizations including American Composers Orchestra, Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio, Astral Artists, Chamber Music America, and the New York New Music Roundtable. A native of Independence, Missouri, she holds undergraduate degrees in violin performance and communication with a minor in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and received her master's degree in arts administration from Boston University.

Director of Artist Bookings Gina Meola integrates her experience with performing arts presenters and knowledge of classical composition to organize performance opportunities for the clients of Jensen Artists. She is a graduate of Fredonia University with a degree in music composition and a concentration in piano performance. During her time at Fredonia, Gina served on the executive board of Ethos New Music Society, a student-run presenting organization of new music for western New York, as archivist, treasurer, vice president, and president.

 

As a freelance composer and new music enthusiast, Gina continues to write music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and choirs as well as perform new works written by her friends and colleagues. Her interest in artist management evolved from the planning and execution of artist residencies and from the enjoyment she gets from interacting with and learning from world-class artists.

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Kira Grunenberg photo by Tara Fazio

Publicist Kira Grunenberg brings an established career in music journalism and an appreciation for personal communication to her support of Jensen Artists' clients and the fostering of their digital communities. A prolific writer, she has worked with the likes of American Songwriter, DownBeat Magazine, No Depression, NPR and more, as well as running her own digital publication, Throw the Dice and Play Nice – a platform dedicated to highlighting music and art regardless of its style. Kira's experience in digital media grew from a mix of formal study and freelance involvement with initiatives like the innovation lab and international festival MTF Labs (formerly Music Tech Fest), Midem, and grassroots support of several music startups based around the world.

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Digital Media Manager Francesca Federico is an actively performing opera singer and recent Fulbright Scholar for the Arts. During her artist residency at the University of Limerick, she gave performance masterclasses to singers, and lectured on the intersection of arts and entrepreneurship at the Kemmy Business School. A graduate of New York University (B.A. Global Politics) and the Mannes School of Music (M.M., Classical Voice), she is passionate about empowering artists to develop multifaceted skills to succeed in a globalized musical society. 

Francesca has previously worked at The New York Times as a copywriter, and as a freelance artist publicist for Barrett Artists, CLB Management Paris, and the Children's Philharmonic. She has recently performed with Wexford Festival Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Teatro Nuovo, and Bronx Opera, among others. 

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