Award-winning British violinist and violist, Jessica Thomas is one of the most versatile and passionate musicians of her generation. Living and working in Berlin, she specialises in a wide range of genres: chamber music, orchestral, session, solo, pop, folk and jazz.
If you want book her for private events or for session work, contact her.
Jessica began learning the violin at a young age and studied with Catherine Manson the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama until 2005.
As a chamber musician Jessica was delighted to be able to perform and record Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, under the supervision of James Boyd in 2003. Jessica’s interest in chamber music continued throughout university where she held both a Choral Scholarship and an Instrumental Award and performed at several venues in Cambridge, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and West Road Concert Hall.
Jessica’s studies at the RNCM were generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund Award, the Tom Acton Memorial Trust and the Tom Amos Charity. She has received quartet coaching from eminent chamber musicians including Levon Chilingirian, Gabor Takécs-Nagy, Pavel Fischer, Malcolm Layfield, Petr Prause, the Navarra Quartet and the Heath Quartet. Her quartet gave a world premiere in the 2011 RNCM International Chamber Music Festival.
With the Caecilius Quartet, Jessica was invited to take part in the European Chamber Music Academy in Lithuania, and also a Britten-Pears quartet residency at Aldeburgh.
Her taste for contemporary music led Jessica to make the violin premiere recording of Three Venus Haiku by Scottish composer, Martin Suckling. Her quartet was invited to perform Steve Reich’s Different Trains in May 2011.
In March 2011 Jessica completed an artistic residency at the Banff Centre in Canada on a full scholarship from the Canada Memorial Foundation. Here she made professional standard recordings of viola music by Brahms, Bach and Hindemith.
Recently, Jessica toured China as a violist with Kent Sinfonia. In her recent move to Berlin, she has enjoyed collaborating and performing with various singer songwriters and international alternative artists, alongside her classical career. She is a music tutor in violin, viola, piano, saxophone, voice, recorder and theory.