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Lucy Jeal

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Lucy Jeal press reviews

"An exceptionally talented violinist. She overwhelmed me with her purity of style, nobility and perfect mastery. I am sure her performances with orchestras will give as much genuine pleasure as her solo chamber performances gave to me." Igor Oistrakh

"A young violinist of serious and exceptional promise for the future". Alfred Brendel

"The audience were held spellbound from beginning to end...Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata was brilliantly played and enthusiastically received." Exmouth Herald

"Passion, verve and style...one of the most enjoyable concerts of the season." Hertfordshire Mercury

"Brilliant young violinist, Lucy Jeal, gave an elegant and polished performance of Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto." Saffron Walden Reporter

"Violinist Lucy Jeal has won considerable praise from senior artists and her peers for playing that combines confidence, technical facility and a degree of emotional maturity so often under-developed in younger artists...her reading was remarkably accurate...Jeal again excelled in the third movement of the cadenza and reached thrilling intensity in the brilliant finish, where the violin truly dominated with its succession of arpeggios and scales." Ham and High

Queen Elizabeth Hall - Pioneer Soloist of the Year

"...Surely no-one who heard Lucy Jeal could be in doubt that hers is a talent of a rare and precious kind. She undertook the Tchaikovsky concerto not as an exhaustively drilled competition warhorse but as a musical experience that she made blossom with f ragrant freshness before our delighted ears. Everything about this lovely young player told of artistic personality already distinct and fully formed tone with its own definable character (not big and steely but warmly ductile), a gentle, sometimes quietly musing way with the phrases that was wholly personal, and utterly captivating." Max Loppert, Financial Times

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Royal Festival Hall

"The young violinist Lucy Jeal made her Festival Hall debut with an engaging and brilliant performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. In such a well-worn piece it takes rare freshness and commitment to earn the quality of attention, the density of silence, that Jeal cast over the hall." Antonia Denford, The Hampstead & Highgate Express

Symphony Center, Chicago - Alfred Brendel and Friends

"... With Jeal serving as first violin, a reserved intimacy suffused the G Minor Quartet..."Wynne Delacome, Chicago Sun Times

Elgar Foundation Concert - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

".. A much more positive sense of unity pervaded Finzi's Introit, Lucy Jeal a wonderfully serene violin soloist..." Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post

Harrogate International Festival

"...Lucy Jeal showed that she had the measure of Lutoslawski's Violin Partita in both tone and mood. Moreover, her facial expression showed how she lived every note. Movement in semitones built up melodic cells which in turn created impassioned angry dissonances." Musical Opinion

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

"Lucy Jeal plays in a joyous, singing style - What followed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall was an inspired affair. Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G K216 was played by her in a "manner both authoritative and persuasive... One could close one's eyes and imagine cornfields, blue sky and the like. On a cold night in February this was not to be sneezed at." Rachel Connolly, The Strad

Wimborne Arts Festival - September 1994

"The large audience was enraptured by Lucy Jeal's outstanding performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Her beautifully moulded slow movement was spellbinding, with the lively finale, supported by the WYO under Donald Riddell's sympathetic direction, a testimony to her talent... " Mike Marsh, The Bournemouth Echo

Newbury Festival Recital - May 1994

"Lucy Jeal is touched by a poetic feeling an empathy for the spirit of a piece... a charm and grace which were totally disarming...her artistry was both resonant and refined." The Newbury News

Reading Symphony Orchestra/Barber Violin Concerto, October 2000

"She stole our hearts with a performance of lively lyricism and beautiful melodic line, ending with dazzling moto perpetuoso, all equisitely accompanied with the orchestra at its very best." Reading Chronicle

Canterbury Festival, October 2000

"Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro clearly meant a lot to Lucy Jeal - a diminutive figure who produced rich and vibrant sounds from her instrument. Confident and poised, she dispatched the allegro in, well, Kreisler-like fashion...Lucy Jeal provided a feast of bravura solo violin playing in Ysaye's Sonata No 4.. . " Donald Hollins, Kentish Gazette

Aylesbury Orchestra/Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - November 2000

"The highlight of the evening was Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, featuring the remarkable young soloist Lucy Jeal... Ms Jeal's exquisite playing was a joy to hear." Joss O'Kelly, Bucks Herald

Bognor Regis Music Club - February 2001

"Just when it seems that standards of musical performance by young professionals have reached an all-time high, along comes a concert which compels a revision of existing ideas. Such an event occurred at the Bognor Music Club when Lucy Jeal and Madeleine Mattar presented a programme which, for sheer pleasure and satisfaction, could not be exceeded.... In a line-up of club concerts which, over the years, has included many musicians of international repute, it was arguably one of the most enjoyable and memorable. A return concert is eagerly awaited." Bognor Regis Observer

Worthing Concert Club - February 2001

"Soloist Lucy Jeal was truly in command, both technically and musically, of this challenging score. The performance was organic with the expansive opening movement providing the sonorities for the subsequent two movements. Thankfully, the finale was not taken at the breakneck tempo adopted by some virtuosi. Consequently every nuance could be heard and savoured. It will be interesting to follow the fortunes of Lucy Jeal, whose success as a soloist is assured if she produces performances of this calibre."Chris Cooper

Haydn Chamber Orchestra - December 2001

"Lucy Jeal has won considerable praise from senior artists and her peers for playing that combines confidence, technical facility and a degree of emotional maturity so often under-developed in younger artists. Her performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto at Saturday's concert in aid of the North London Hospice showed that her reading was remarkably accurate. She established her credentials not only by underlining the work's overall mood of serenity but also with her considerable skill in the first movement cadenza by Joachim. Jeal again excelled in the third movement cadenza and reached thrilling intensity in the brilliant finish, where the violin truly dominated with its succession of argeggios and scales."Ham and High

Hampstead and Highgate Festival, London - May 2002

"On the occasions that I have heard Jeal play she has never been less than note-perfect and her control of dynamics and shading quite exceptional, as in the expressive D major andante. Again, in the early A major Beethoven Sonata op 12 No 2, the playing was quite exceptional in the slow middle movement and the gentler than usual finale. The programme's final work was Bartok's Rhapsody No 1 based on Hungarian folk themes. It sounds uncomplicated music, but it makes huge demands on the violinist with its mulitiple stoppings, daunting harmonics and quick strumming across all four strings. And Jeal proved herself up for the task with what was a virtuoso performance." Hampstead and Highgate Express

St Paul's Huddersfield Music Society - October 2002

"Lucy Jeal and Tim Horton - who displayed impeccable technique and profound musical insight in their imaginative programme of widely contrasted pieces. Their excellent rapport was at once evident in a beautifully integrated account of Mozart's Sonata in E flat (K380). They captured to perfection both the quirky moods of Janacek's idiosyncratic Sonata and the gypsy-inspired rhythms and colours of Bartok's Romanian Dances. Their elegant account of Beethoven's Sonata in F major ("Spring") was equally persuasive. I particularly enjoyed the sense of fun which they brought to the lopsided scherzo and the twists and turns of the rondo. They ended the recital with a bravura performance of Szymanowski's anguished Nocturne and manic Tarantelle. Surmounting these works' hair-raising technical demands with remarkable sangfroid they rightly earned for themselves a great ovation. Lucy Jeal and Tim Horton: certainly two names to remember." Adrian Smith, Huddersfield Examiner

Horsham Music Circle - March 2003

"Lucy Jeal demonstrated powerful playing on the violin with much pizzicato, deftly accompanied by Tim Horton with a florid piano part. This was balanced by smoother and more dreamlike music in the second movement, with long sustained notes on the violin and well-controlled bowing. The last two movements were powerful with strong dynamic phrases. Both performers played with intensity and a wonderful cohesiveness of timing." Gillian Carcas, West Susssex County Times