The orchestra was joined by golden toned violinist Jennifer Pike in two Kreisler pieces, by turns dazzling and melting, producing an audibly contented sigh from the audience at the end of ‘Liebesleid’. She returned later with two attractive and entertaining pieces by Wieniawski. These gave the soloist ample opportunity to display her impressive technique including double-stops and chromatic glissandos, while delivering the melodies with passion and glamorously sculpted lines.
John Gough, Midland Music Reviews
Kreisler and Wieniawski, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
22 September 2018
Violinist Jennifer Pike was the organiser of the whole project – the repertoire ranged from the baroque to the brand new and everything in between…The performance I saw was wonderful, consummately musical and full of moments of true beauty…Knapik is not a composer I had heard before, but he is certainly one I am eager to hear again (Partita for Violin and Piano). Pike played with both delicacy and heat in turns, revealing the shape of a luminous and wonderful work…I was astonished by the sheer beauty of this music at moments, and the performers managed to hold the whole audience spellbound through the wonderful mystery of this work. The concert finished with Chopin’s Piano Trio in G minor op. 8. The vigour of the opening Allegro was a shock to the system after the dreamlike world of the Knapik and the compelling simplicity of the Górecki…After my ears adjusted, I was in a better place to appreciate the brilliance of playing in the trio – Poster and Pike added cellist Guy Johnston to complete the trio. They made their way with a warmth and precision of playing, communicating easily as the work unfolded…the trio gave a beautiful performance of the work, finishing to a rightly deserved powerful applause.
Polish Music Day
14 October 2017
A delightful trip to Poland with Jennifer Pike via the Wigmore Hall. Most music-lovers would be hard-pressed to name more than a handful of Polish composers, so one of the joys of Polish Music Day, presented by Jennifer Pike and Friends at Wigmore Hall, was the sheer scope of the programme…It was rewarding to hear Pike in Szymanowski’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Karłowicz’s Impromptu, both impassioned early works that showed off her warm, quicksilver tone. With its dizzying harmonics, Wieniawski’s famous Polonaise No. 1 in D is often relegated to encore status, yet here Pike gave the music its full due in a bold, bravura performance. Chopin featured in his often overlooked chamber music guise, and Pike and Poster were joined by the cellist Guy Johnston to play his early Piano Trio in G minor with sweeping high spirits. Here the encore was Michał Ogiński’s celebrated Farewell to the Homeland Polonaise.
John Allison, Daily Telegraph
Polish Music Day, Jennifer Pike and friends
14 October 2017
Yet I’ll remember Jennifer Pike’s mellow violin and the Philharmonia’s poise in Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending – a beautiful performance, this; chaste and thoughtful.
Geoff Brown, The Times
9 March 2016
(Lark Ascending) Pike coaxed a golden sound from her violin…The subtly and accuracy with which Pike nailed the double stops and octaves in the higher registers belied their technical difficulty, while the rippling sounds of the livelier mid-section captured the mercurial flight of Vaughan Williams’ lark…
(Beethoven Romance in F) The phrases were beautifully conceived and Pike’s tone exquisite…the filigree and pearly high notes for the soloist glistened. A Bach Prelude in E showcased both the musicianship and virtuosity of this extraordinarily gifted young violinist.
Andew Larkin, Bachtrack
English Chamber Orchestra
4 September 2016