‘...Britain's foremost young fiddler...Jennifer Pike stepped on to the platform and delivered the prelude (and gavotte en rondeau) from Bach's Third Partita with perfect poise and assurance, her instrument sounding clear and strong...' The Independent
‘The most rewarding part of the whole five-hour venture came in the first five minutes, when 15-year-old Jennifer Pike played a pair of movements from Bach's solo Partita No.3 with great subtlety and composure' The Daily Telegraph
‘Equipped at 16 with phenomenal tuning, pace, control of timbre and range of dynamics, she brought the house down with Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' The Independent
Jennifer Pike is a British violinist. In 2002, she became well known for winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and for six years she held the record of being the youngest winner, at twelve years of age.
Pike began playing the violin at the age of five, and after auditioning at the age of eight she gained a place at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. At the age of ten she was chosen to play at a concert attended by the Prince of Wales at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She soon made her concerto debut, playing Haydn's Violin Concerto in G with her school orchestra. She has studied with David Takeno in London, and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently studying Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
In 2002 Pike became the thirteenth person to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award, following her performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Aged twelve at the time, she was the youngest winner of the competition for six years. Earlier the same year she also won fourth prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
Jennifer Pike was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme from 2008-2010.
Following her success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Pike has played in concerts and recitals in major venues all over the world. Recent events include in July 2005 when she took part in the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and in November 2005 when she made her evening recital debut in the Wigmore Hall, both to great critical acclaim.
On April 19, 2012, Jennifer Pike took part in a great live concert in Glasgow, accompanying the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Manze. The program, which was aired through BBC Radio 3, showcased the music of J.S. Bach and Ralph Vaughan Williams (including a memorable account of the famed tone poem The Lark Ascending in which soloist Pike played some exquisite solo violin sequences).