• A fine partnership between Jennifer Pike and Martin Roscoe

    [Pike] has been a strong advocate for Miklós Rózsa’s work, recording both the Violin Concerto and these variations in their orchestral version, for Chandos, and she displayed an innate feeling for the Hungarian-inflected ‘voice’ of the music.  Each variation was played with incredible care and nuance in order to capture its individual spirit: nostalgic or forthright, delicate or pugnacious.  The unaccompanied  statement of the theme was beautifully soulful, and then richly harmonised by Roscoe.  It takes enormous skill and discipline not just to play Rózsa’s intricacies and fancies with such precision but also to make the music sound so spontaneous and free.  Pike and Roscoe danced their way through the spiky pizzicato jauntiness, luxuriated in the melodising and breezed through the rhythmic fun.  In the demanding double-stops Pike’s tone was unfailingly warm and she raced through the precipitous passages crisply.

    Having whipped up a whirl of passion in Rózsa’s celebration of his homeland, Pike and Roscoe returned to English shores for their encore, calming us once more with a beautifully unaffected and articulate rendition of Elgar’s Salut d’amour.

    Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International

    Wigmore Hall recital
    27 January 2020

  • ‘The soloist in Elgar’s work is entrusted to the British violinist Jennifer Pike. The woman in the flaming red dress is as virtuoso as she is sensitive to the considerable challenges of this “greatest violin concerto since Beethoven”, as the violinist Fritz Kreisler once said.

    The interaction with Jennifer Pike works perfectly – the orchestra is both a dialogue partner and a subtle atmospheric painter. It forms sound spaces for the soloist, into which she can “sing” softly, tenderly, lyrically or in which she unfolds energetic self-confidence with insanely fast runs and double-stopping’

    Elgar Violin Concerto, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Garry Walker

    16th February 2020

    Andreas Pecht, Rhein Zeitung

  • The English violinist Jennifer Pike is a regular visitor to Scotland and has already developed a striking career on the world stage. Her articulation and mastery intoning the graceful harmonies of Vaughan Williams’s delightful arrangements of folk tunes in The Lark Ascending was profoundly impressive and was well accompanied by the British conductor.

    Gregor Tassie Seen and Heard International,

    Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra, Jan Latham-Koenig, Usher Hall Edinburgh
    24 September 2019

  • We were then treated to Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and privileged to hear Jennifer Pike handle the violin solo…a rounded, secure rendition that let the glorious music speak for itself, the sign of real artistry.

    Charles Stokes Edinburgh 49,

    Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra, Jan Latham-Koenig, Usher Hall Edinburgh
    23 September 2019

  • It was Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with Jennifer Pike as the eloquent soloist that left the most favourable impression – orchestra and violinist perfectly balanced in a magical rendering that combined impeccable technique with poetic sensitivity.

    David Truslove, Classical Source,

    Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra, Jan Latham-Koenig
    24 September 2019