The British violinist Jacqueline Roche is one of the most exciting musicians of her generation and is widely admired by colleagues and audiences alike for her refined yet charismatic performances.
She studied in New York at the Julliard School, at the Indiana University school of music, Bloomington, USA and in London at the Guildhall School of Music for her degree. Her most inspiring pedagogical influence was from Pinchas Zukerman from whom she received lessons in the USA, UK and Israel following an invite to participate in his International music seminar in Holon, Israel. In Israel she took masterclasses and performed in concerts with him to an audience which included Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, the Prime Minister of Israel and the King of Jordan.
Her playing has since earned her awards from a variety of bodies in the UK and US including the Claudio Abbado European Young Musician’s Trust, the Jerwood Foundation, the English Speaking Union, and the Oppenheim foundation. She won the Kriesler Violin Prize and was a finalist in the European Music for Youth Violin Soloist Competition.
She currently works as a concerto soloist, a duo recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral leader or principal and also enjoys teaching and playing a bit of jazz. She’s performed in the major British venues such as the Purcell Room, QEH, RFH, St John Smith Square, CBSO centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Whitehall, Somerset House and orchestrally at the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican. She’s performed as soloist for most of the Royal family both at Buckingham Palace and Kensington palace and also for the Prime Minister of GB. She has played and been interviewed on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Future plans include two London recitals with Stephen Kovacevich early 2010, a Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room recital late 2010, a solo Naxos recording and a solo tour of China. Her latest CD of 20th century English violin sonatas was released on Dutton Epoch label to wide critical acclaim:
5 stars from BBC Music Magazine;
“Exceedingly persuasive performances..These are fascinating by-ways of British music – pieces one never expected to hear – but with marvelous performances like these anything could happen”
“This disc of rarities is very finely performed. Jacqueline Roche delivers its rich themes with a lavish tone colour…Performed with warmth and passion..The players breathe life in to the yearning chromaticisms of the opening Allegro and the finale has a wonderful sprightly brilliance”
“Played full out with total commitment from Roche…Intensely honeyed singing line…In general the admirable Jacqueline Roche carries her confidence high and harking back to Jurgen Hess’s broadcast also leaves him sounding positively tentative”
Rob Barnett, International Music;
“The young Jacqueline Roche is the highly persuasive yet sensitive soloist…A disc no musical Anglophile should be without”
“These sonatas speak for themselves in these confident and sympathetic performances…Roche’s soaring melodic lines, moving dramatic declamations before subsiding in a dream-like state….Exhibiting a combination of mastery and insight…A sound of striking richness and exuberance overall…The work’s interest should be able to propel them not only across the channel but across the ocean as well, especially in such enthusiastic and opulent performances…Recommended with special urgency” Fanfare Review