Jesus Saenz, born in Lima, Peru, began his violin studies with professors Jesus Peralta and Edgar Valenzuela. At age 11, he joined the National Conservatory of Music of Peru, where he studied under Professor Laszlo Benedeck until 2006.
During his studies in Peru, Jesus was the winner of the National Violin Competition of Peru, making his debut as a soloist with the National Conservatory Orchestra at age 12.
As an orchestral musician, Jesus has served as principal second violin for the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, and concertmaster of several orchestras, including the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Peru, National Conservatory Symphony, Texas Christian University orchestra, the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a core member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and a rotating concertmaster for the University of North Texas symphony.
Jesus has represented Peru as a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Andean Countries and has also been a member of the Youth Orchestra of Latino America, in which he was conducted by Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel. This year, he was selected to be a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and participate in that orchestra’s Caribbean tour 2014 under maestro Carlos Prieto, and in the YOA “Global Leader’s program.” The mission of this program is to bring music education to emerging music programs in the Americas.
As a soloist, Saenz has performed with the National Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Youth National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, Symphony Orchestra of Trujillo, Fort Worth Junior Youth Orchestra, the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony of Peru, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving.
Jesus’s chamber music activities include performing on the “Faculty and Friends” chamber music series with pianist Veda Kaplinsky and TCU string faculty members. He has also played in the Shreveport Symphony chamber music series with guitar soloist Jason Vieaux, and in the Ensemble 75 chamber music series with pianist Alex McDonald and cellist Oliver Schlaffer.
In 2006, Saenz was granted a full-tuition scholarship from Texas Christian University for his bachelor’s degree. In 2013, he completed the Performer’s Certificate program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas under Emanuel Borok, retired concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony. Jesus is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the University of North Texas under Professor Julia Bushkova.