Jennifer Pike - Reviews Archive

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"Her performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G major was a model of limpidity allied to the highest technical elegance and competence. Throughout last night's performance, Miss Pike enchanted us with her perception of this, the most luminous of Mozart's violin concertos. And the orchestra responded in like manner. But that is one of the characteristics of this remarkable artist. She has the gift of getting whoever she is performing with to raise their game." (Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Mostly Mozart Festival, Barbican) John Sidgwick, Culture Kiosque, 25 September 2007

"She plays with quiet confidence, care and great intelligence. Her intonation was remarkably true, and her phrasing liquid and seamless....when you have such flawless bow technique, long smooth phrasing is a given, and every lift of the bow had meaning. This was a wonderful performance." (Ulster Orchestra, Mozart Violin Concerto No 5, BBC Invitation Concerts, Londonderry) Andrea Rea, Belfast News Letter, 14 August 2007

"he 16 year old Pike showed how she could hold an audience spellbound. It was fitting that her perfectly tuned, maturely paced performance (which didn't make heavy weather of its virtuosity) immediately preceded Tasmin's Little's Elgar Violin Concerto: if Little has a logical successor, then Pike surely is it." (Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, BBC SO, Barbican) The Strad, May 2006

"An entrancing performance of the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns. It had everything. Dazzling virtuosity enhanced at every turn by inspired musicality." (BBC SO, Barbican) John Sidgwick, Culture Kiosque, 2006

"She was cool, accomplished way beyond her years, wonderfully at ease and super talented on her violin....a virtuoso of the highest order. Father and daughter received a terrific reception from a packed house. Indeed, so many people turned up that some had to be turned away. It was an agreeable but testing programme starting with Debussy's colourful Sonata in G minor and then taking in James Macmillan, Dvorak and Saint-Saens, in all of which the young violinist's brilliant technique and musical expressiveness shone through. As a bonus for the audience, she has no distracting facial mannerisms as she plays, a habit which can often detract from a fine soloist's performance. Her integrity and assurance were ever present. Indeed, she quite overwhelmed one with her brilliance, leaving one with a deep sense of satisfaction." (Chester Festival) Selena O'Donnell, Chester Chronicle, 06 August 2004

"Jennifer's musical magic.....left an enthralled audience spellbound with a stunning performance in Crewe. Talented 13 year old Jennifer Pike entranced music lovers when she played Mozart's Violin Concerto No 4......a dazzling performance." (Manchester Camerata) Community News, 2003

"Violinist Jennifer Pike gave a poised, stylish performance of Saint-Saens's Havanaise." (BBC Concert Orchestra) Barry Millington, London Evening Standard, 20 September 2002

"She played a sweet-toned Saint-Saens Havanaise, sawing through her catgut with confidence and maturity." (BBC Concert Orchestra) Matthew Connolly, The Times, 20 September 2002

"Young but perfectly poised...this girl has not only an astonishingly secure technique, but also a highly developed sense of musicianship." (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, BBC SO, Barbican) Barry Millington, 27 May 2002

"She is special, out of the ordinary, one of an élite with a miracle gift." (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, BBC SO, Barbican) Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express, 26 May 2002

"As soon as Jennifer set bow to string it was apparent that this was no mere child or promise of great things to come, but already a fully-formed musical personality, a manifestation of the rarest of musical talents." (Recital in Standish Festival) Andrew Marflow, Standish Courier, October 2001

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