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Jessica Linnebach

Jessica Linnebach

associate concertmaster

Violinist Jessica Linnebach has distinguished herself among the next generation of Canadian classical artists being lauded on concert stages nationally and around the world. Since her soloist debut at the age of seven, Jessica has appeared with major orchestras throughout North America.   A highlight of her career to date was a tour of the Middle East and Europe as guest soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman. Jessica has been a member of the first violin section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 2003.

Acknowledging the importance of versatility in today’s world, Jessica is fast developing a reputation as one of those rare artists who is successfully building a multi-faceted career that encompasses solo, chamber and orchestral performances. A passionate chamber musician, Jessica is a founding member of the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, a string quintet led by Pinchas Zukerman. Since the ensemble’s inception in 2003, it has toured extensively to international acclaim appearing throughout North America, South America the Middle East and Europe.  Its recording of the Mozart Viola Quintet in G minor was nominated for a Juno Award in 2004 and its fifth and latest release, quintets by Mozart and Dvorak, was released in early 2008 on the Altara Label.

Jessica has also collaborated with some of the most illustrious artists of our day, including  Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Leon Fleisher, Joseph Kalichstein, Gary Graffman, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrel, Jaime Laredo, Michael Tree, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gary Hoffman.

Accepted to the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at the age of ten, Jessica remains one of the youngest ever Bachelor of Music graduates in the history of the school. While there, Jessica’s primary teachers were Aaron Rosand, Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. At eighteen, she received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec.

The 2008-09 season includes a busy schedule of performances in Canada and the United States as well as tours of South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and New Zealand. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers have also been invited back to play a second series of concerts at the 92nd Street Y in New York. A much anticipated event for Jessica will be her debut in 2008 with the famed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman at the December Lights Festival in Moscow.

Jessica Linnebach plays the ca. 1700 Taft Stradivarius violin loaned by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

October 2008