Anglia Ruskin Lunchtime Concert Series features Britain's foremost young violinist

Published: 15 September 2008 at 13:10

Supremely talented young violinist takes to the Cambridge stage for Celebrity Recital

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Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Music and the Performing Arts has confirmed its free Lunchtime Concert Series programme for the Autumn.  Concerts will take place on Fridays at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge starting at 1.10pm. The programme includes a celebrity violin recital given by Jennifer Pike who aged just 12 sensationally won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2002.  She is now enjoying worldwide acclaim as one of the greatest violinists of her generation.

For this concert, which is promoted in association with concert agency Hazard Chase, she will be accompanied by her father Jeremy.

Public recognition of her unfaltering success continued at the start of 2008 when Jennifer was honoured with The South Bank Show / The Times Breakthrough Award, in acknowledgement of the impact that she made throughout the arts during 2007.

Jennifer has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras and given recitals around the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. At the age of fifteen she made her BBC Proms début in the Royal Albert Hall and has since made recital débuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room to great critical acclaim.

Past engagements include performances with London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Gramophone Awards Ceremony and with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Festival, televised throughout Europe.

During the 2007/8 season, Jennifer made her debut with the Philharmonia in addition to two engagements with the BBC Symphony and concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tampere Philharmonic.

Next season includes return engagements with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic in addition to debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Brussels Philharmonic. She will also make her Australian debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, premiering and recording Andrew Schultz’s Violin Concerto. This season’s repertoire includes the Sibelius, Beethoven and Mendelssohn concerti, Bruch 1, Vivaldi Quattro Stagioni and several of the Mozart concerti. In November 2007 she returned to Wigmore Hall to give a recital marking her eighteenth birthday.

At the age of 16 she was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Derek Butler London Prize in 2007. In 2005 she won the prestigious Manoug Parikian Award administered by the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. She is also grateful for the support of the Philharmonia/Martin Scholarship Fund.

The concert is on Friday, 3 October (1.10 pm) in the Mumford Theatre. Tickets are not required - donations will be accepted for the Anglia Ruskin Music Therapy Appeal.

Other concerts scheduled for the Autumn 2008 series (which starts on September 26) will feature the Paprika Balkanicus ensemble from Eastern Europe, pianist Angela Brownridge, violinist Mifune Tsuji, the Arcanes Saxophone Quartet, Georgina Smit and the Chris Ingham Trio, organist Ian de Massini, and soprano Helen Meyerhoff. Concert brochures giving full details of all lunchtime and evening concert programmes are now available from the Department of Music and Performing Arts (0845 196 2080) – information can also be found on