Just check out the steely focus of Jessica Linnebach in this video of her 7 year-old self! In this archival video, Jessica Linnebach performs onstage at the National Arts Centre and wins the 1990 Canadian Music Competition Grand Prize, at the age of 7.
“I remember how excited I was to play, and how much I loved the orchestra and hearing all of the beautiful sounds around me,” she recalls.
She hasn’t changed much, except that she is now Associate Concertmaster of the NAC Orchestra – a gifted artist with multiple “firsts” and “youngest-to-evers” on her list of accomplishments, including being one of the youngest musicians ever accepted into the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (at the age of 10), and to join the NAC Orchestra (which she did, at Pinchas Zukerman’s invitation, in 2003).
You’ll see Jessica on the same NAC stage, in her second row, first chair of the violin section for the September 26th Opening Night of the Vienna Festival, as well as the entire 2014-15 concert season. She'll be centre stage as a soloist at the NAC Gala October 2nd, when Jessica joins just some of the many musicians mentored by Pinchas Zukerman to celebrate his remarkable 16-year tenure as Music Director of the NAC, during this 2014-15 #UltimateSeason of artistic excellence, music education and friendship.