Jessica Mathaes, concertmaster
Hailed as "something to behold" by the Village Voice, award-winning violinist Jessica Mathaes enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, recording artist, educator and concertmaster of the Austin Symphony.
has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, and has toured Europe several times.
debut CD, Suites and Sweets, was released on the Centaur label in 2009 to critical acclaim in Fanfare, Audiophile Audition, and MusicWeb International (UK) among others.
also appears regularly in recital across the country, and her
interpretation of Korngold's Much Ado About Nothing was featured in 2010 on Performance Today
in a segment highlighting music based on the works of William Shakespeare.
was appointed concertmaster of the Austin Symphony
in 2005, becoming the youngest person to occupy the chair and the first woman concertmaster in the symphony's 100-year history.
The Austin Chronicle
debut as featured soloist with the orchestra as one of the "Top 10 classical music wonders of 2007," declaring her
"a master of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto.
A champion of new music, she
has premiered works of numerous composers such as Pierre Jalbert, Paul Reale, Andrew McKenna Lee, and the thrice Pulitzer-nominated composer and Austin Symphony
bassist P. Kellach Waddle.
In 2010 Ms. Mathaes
was invited to perform a solo recital in New York City featuring multiple world premieres written for her
by composers of the Random Access Music Composer's Collective.
Ms. Mathaes has conducted master classes at universities across the United States, and has served on the faculty of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she
orchestral solo debut at age 16, performing Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3.