Jackie, the second violinist, commenced her piano studies aged six with En Pei Lin and violin studies aged seven with Suk Yoon. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance from both the Victorian College of the Arts (Leonid Zeyde, Wilma Smith) and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Kees Koelmans, Lucy van Dael), attended the Australian National Academy of Music (Monica Curro) and had studied with Prof. Jens Ellermann in Munich. She was awarded the Willem van Otterloo Award in 2006 which enabled her to continue her studies in Amsterdam. Jackie finished her Masters degree at the Universität Mozarteum with Prof. Lavard Skou-Larsen in June 2013 and continued with a Post Graduate degree as well as assisting Prof. Skou-Larsen in his class. She has also participated in several masterclasses with the likes of Oleh Krysa, Kolja Blacher, Kevork Mardirossian, Daniel Rowland, Glenn Dicterow and Ivry Gitlis.

Jackie is one half of an electric violin/DJ duo “Technophobix” where she works with the Czech bass player/DJ Dalibor Zurinek on recreating classical and pop works in an eclectic mix of techno/rock style. In June 2013 they premiered a new concerto written by the Czech composer Jan Kučera for electric violin and DJ with chamber orchestra in Salzburg. She is also a founding member of the “Testore Quartet” with whom she has performed numerous concerts with in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia. They were awarded the Artis Quartett Award at the ISA Wien-Budapest-Prag Masterclasses in September 2013 and performed in the closing concert of the César Franck International Piano Competition 2014. As part of the quartet, she has worked with members of the Hagen Quartet, Vienna Piano Trio, Artis Quartett, Alban Berg Quartet, Keller Quartet and Aviv Quartet.

Jackie is invited regularly to perform as a soloist, concertmaster and as part of chamber ensembles with different orchestras and festivals in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, and the Netherlands amongst many others. She has been a member of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists since 2008 and has worked with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein since 2010 where she has performed as soloist, concertmaster and principle 2nd violin in concerts and on tours to North and South America, Asia and in Europe. She has recently completed an Executive MBA degree at the Solvay Brussels School of Economic & Management and is the Production Manager of the César Franck International Piano Competition. Jackie plays on a 1717 Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin with a bow by Edwin Clement.

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