On her sixth birthday Jessica Miskelly received her first violin, and her enthusiasm for making and sharing music was born. Since then, she has had the opportunity to share her music around the world. She has been featured in concert with Mark O’Conner, with whom she performed his Double Fiddle Concerto. Most recently, Jessica toured China as a soloist with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, a tour which included a live performance that was broadcast on Chinese National Television, with a viewership of over a billion.
Also with the UK Symphony, Jessica has appeared as concertmaster at Carnegie Hall.
Among her other musical experiences are summers spent at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and also at Crescendo, a music festival in Sarospatak, Hungary. As a member of the Niles string quartet, Jessica has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop and a winner of Louisville’s Macauley Chamber Music Competition.
Jessica attributes her love of the violin to her first teacher, Anne Lane Vosough, with whom she studied for ten years. A list of her other teachers includes Achim Gerber, former principal violist of the Dresden Staatskappella; Jason Posnock, concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony, and Daniel Mason, student of Jascha Heifetz and concertmaster of the Lexington Philharmonic. Jessica is currently a Chamber Music Fellow at the University of Kentucky, where she is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts.
When not in rehearsal, Jessica enjoys her family, her church, yoga, cooking, dancing, and exploring Celtic fiddle music.