Dutch-Swiss violinist Jesper Gasseling (*1991) plays on a rare 400-year-old violin “The Bolshoi” made by Giovanni Paolo Maggini around the year 1600, which he received on loan by a German foundation. He is part of the European Union program European music talents that supports six soloists in developing their career. As a soloist, Jesper appeared in performances of violin concertos by Peteris Vasks, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart and played at venues such as Kings Place and Blackheath Halls London, KKL Lucerne and Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2017 he was part of a New Year’s concert tour to China with the ‘British National Symphony Orchestra’, taking him to some of to the most important concert halls of the country, including Shanghai and Beijing’s “Great Hall of the People”.
Jesper performs regularly in chamber music recitals. Current projects include a CD recording of Cesar Franck’s violin sonata with his duo partner, Chinese pianist Sunny Yun Li, in London. Starting in 2017, he will be the artistic leader of his own chamber music series in Switzerland.
Following a successful audition, Jesper is engaged as a concertmaster with orchestras such as Trinity Laban’s Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra and the Shapeshifter Ensemble London in big symphonic works, as well as in violin concertos, leading from the solo violin. He recently founded the ‘London Meridian Players’, a string chamber orchestra, which he leads from the first violin desk as their artistic director.
In his teens, Jesper was accepted into the young talent scheme of the university for music in Lucerne (Switzerland) at the age of fifteen, where he obtained his Bachelor degree studying with Daniel Dodds. He went on to study with Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, where he finished his exams with the grade ‘With Distinction’. Currently, he is finishing his Masters degree in Lucerne with Daniel Dodds. Other mentors include violinists like Isabelle van Keulen and Keiko Wataya (Mozarteum Salzburg), Shmuel Ashkenasi and Hansheinz Schneeberger, pianist Deniz Gelenbe and conductors Jonathan Tilbrook and Jessica Cottis.