(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
A wonderfully fluent performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto by Jennifer Pike. Still only 26, the British violinist has turned from child prodigy to superbly graceful virtuoso without airs or affectation.
Richard Morrison, The Times
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, BBC Concert Orchestra
7 September 2016
Sunday afternoon’s Usher Hall concert by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra had to be heard to be believed….Fedoseyev’s a cracking accompanist too, keeping the band apace with Jennifer Pike’s delightful, sometimes impetuous account of the Violin Concerto, with a finale of such velocity it might have left a lesser conductor and band a few paces behind. Not this amazing crew. Wow.
Michael Tumelty, The Herald
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow
25 October 2016
Jennifer Pike raises level of Tchaikovsky concert with her lyricism… The presence of Jennifer Pike lifted the whole thing up to a different level. She’s such a songstress of the violin…from the first time she played the main theme I felt the sheer lyricism of her playing winning me over. She seemed to affect the orchestra, too, who found a big sense of uplift in the tuttis and some hurdy-gurdy fun in the finale, and I loved the personal touches that she brought. She played the Canzonetta, for example, with lots of slurs and elisions between the notes – a small touch which actually made a big difference, making her sound much more distinctively Russian and less British – and her finale ran a huge gamut of styles, from lively to skittish to soulful, and all calling points in between. To hear one top class violinist in a weekend is a delight, but to hear two is a real privilege.
Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow
24 October 2016
In the pre-concert talk, world-renowned young violinist Jennifer Pike spoke of her love of the understated emotion of Sibelius’s violin concerto. This was captivatingly demonstrated in her pure, ethereal sound at the start of the first movement, lyrical slow movement and light, spirited playing of the third. The warm sound of her 1708 Goffriller violin filled Sheffield City Hall in an unaccompanied encore.
Rachel Rowlands, Derbyshire Times
Sibelius Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow
21 October 2016