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 American icon Mark O’Connor, with whom she performed his Double Fiddle Concerto. In 2013, Jessica toured China as a soloist with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, a tour which included a performance that was broadcast live on Chinese National Television. Also with the UK Symphony, Jessica has appeared as concertmaster at Carnegie Hall.
Among her other musical experiences at home and abroad are summers spent at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and also at Crescendo, a music festival in Sarospatak, Hungary. In 2015, Jessica performed as concertmaster in Prague as a member of the Prague Summer Night’s Music Festival, which was followed by a three month residency in Beijing, where she performed and taught.
In 2016 Jessica was invited to spend three months in London, where she furthered her doctoral studies with violinist Rodney Friend, of London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Jessica recently graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Kentucky.
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.
As a member of the university’s Niles String Quartet, Jessica has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop and a winner of the Macauley Chamber Music Competition.
When not in rehearsal, Jessica enjoys her family, her church, cooking, dancing, yoga, and exploring Celtic fiddle music. Jessica is currently working on a Certificate in Theological Studies at the University of Oxford and is the founder of FHMS, a concert series based in the UK.