The 2008 Fellow is Jessica Mathaes, concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. This American violinist is praised by Jaime Laredo as “a superb violinist”, and by Philippe Entremont as “a born player…a wonderful violinist!” Recently hailed by critics as “a master of the Khachaturian violin concerto” (Austin Chronicle), she enjoys a fast-growing solo reputation for her beautiful tone and remarkable ability to communicate with audiences. Her debut solo CD with pianist Rodney Waters will be relased on the Centaur label in 2009. The first-ever winner of the Classical Artists Development Foundation fellowship, Ms. Mathaes has appeared in concernt throughout the United States and Europe, and has been featured on numerous radio stations and ARTE, the French-German cultural television channel.
Ms. Mathaes holds degrees in both violin and viola performance from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has been on the faculty as oloist and gust concertmaster of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and has given masterclasses at numerous universities as well as the American Festival for the Arts. In 2009 Ms. Mathaes joins the faculty of the Hot Springs Music Festival.
For more information about Ms. Mathaes’ latest professional developments, please visit: http://www.jessicamathaes.com.