Hailed by critics as “a master of the Khachaturian violin concerto” (Austin Chronicle) and “a violinist like no other” (The New York Times), award-winning violinist Jessica Mathaes enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, recording artist, educator and concertmaster. She has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and internationally in Europe and Asia, and has been broadcast live on Performance Today, Chicago Public Radio, and ARTE, the French-German cultural television channel. She has been featured with numerous orchestras including the Austin, Victoria, Bismarck-Mandan, Round Rock, and Northwest Iowa Symphonies, and the Masterworks and National Music Festival Orchestras, and has given recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Series, the Artist Series of Sarasota, and at the University of Iowa, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Northwestern College, Fredericksburg Music Club, Baylor University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas, the Organ Vesper Series, and the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City. In 2011 she had the opportunity to serve as a musical ambassador for the US, travelling to Singapore on a solo and masterclass tour throughout the country in conjunction with the US Embassy.
At the age of 25, Ms. Mathaes became both the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Austin Symphony, a post she has held since 2005. She has premiered works by many American composers, and has served on the faculties of the Hot Springs Music Festival, the National Music Festival, the Credo Festival, the Masterworks Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Her debut solo CD, “Suites and Sweets,” was released on the Centaur label in 2009 to critical acclaim in Fanfare magazine, and her second CD “Seven Deadly Sins: Violin Works of Paul Reale” was released in May of 2014 on Naxos American Classics.