Jessica Xylina Osborne, Piano
Hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Xylina Osborne is one of the most intensely expressive and passionate artists of her generation. She is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after collaborative partners, and has performed with some of the world's finest musicians, including Timothy Eddy, Hilary Hahn, and Ani Kavafian. She has performed throughout the continental U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in recitals at many of the world's most celebrated venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Seoul Arts Center. Television and radio appearances include performances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists’ Showcase in New York, and WGMS in Washington, D.C., among others. Ms. Osborne is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions, winning first place in the International Bartok- Kabalevsky- Prokofiev competition and first place at the National Division of the Music Teachers’ National Association Yamaha Competition. She was also awarded the Audience Prize at the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition.
In her solo career, Ms. Osborne undertakes ambitious projects that reflect creativity in programming with the goal of bringing infrequently performed works to a mainstream audience. For example, her 2019 solo recital project “Stories Without Words”, featuring music that tells a story, juxtaposes audience favorites with little-known gems by both current and past composers. She is also dedicated to including music written by women in her recital programs.
Ms. Osborne holds degrees in solo piano performance from Indiana University and Rice University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from Yale University. She currently holds the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University.