Jennifer Pike, violin and Petr Limonov, piano 2018-08-06T10:54:06+00:00

Jennifer Pike and Petr Limonov, violin and piano



Concert Programme:

Mozart: Violin sonata in G major KV 301

Szymanowski: Mythes 1 and 2

Wieniawski: Legende

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Karlowicz: Impromptu

Renowned for her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day, Jennifer Pike has established herself as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. 

She first gained international recognition when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition.

Performing extensively as soloist with major orchestras worldwide, highlights have included concertos with the all the BBC orchestras, London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hallé, Tampere Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Singapore Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic orchestras. She has also appeared as a guest director with the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

Eminent conductors with whom she has worked include Jirí Belohlávek, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Mark Elder, James Gaffigan, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Juanjo Mena, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Tugan Sokhiev and John Storgårds.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Jennifer Pike has collaborated throughout Europe with artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nikolaj Znaider, Adrian Brendel, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, Ben Johnson, Igor Levit, Martin Roscoe, Tom Poster and Mahan Esfahani. 

She has recorded for Chandos, Sony and ABC Classics. Her recent recording of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Edward Gardner for Chandos was acclaimed in the Observer for her “innate musicality and mercurial technique”.

Jennifer Pike plays a 1708 violin by Matteo Goffriller.


Petr Limonov was born in Moscow in 1984 and started playing the piano at the age of 5. In 1991 he entered the Central Music School, where he studied under Siyavush Gadjiev, Valery Pyasetsky and, later, Andrei Pisarev. 

After winning the First prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein piano competition in Paris (1998) he started giving concerts in Europe, Russia and Japan, sponsored by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation. In 2003 Petr was awarded a full international scholarship by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, which allowed him to continue his studies in the Royal Academy of Music (London) under professor Hamish Milne and visiting professor Alexander Satz. Since then Petr took part in master classes given by Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Boris Petrushansky, Bernard d’Ascoli and Vitaly Margulis.

After graduating from RAM Petr continued his studies in Paris in the École Normale Cortot with Ramzi Yassa and Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy. In 2010 Petr returned to London to commence his Masters program in the Royal College of Music under Dimitri Alexeev on a full scholarship. During his studies at RCM he began taking conducting lessons with Peter Stark. In 2012 Petr became the principal conductor of the London Soloists Philarmonia orchestra, preparing for his Cadogan Hall debut in November 2013.

Petr’s notable appearances included the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, La Roque d’Antheron festival (broadcast by radio France Musique), Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, a recital in Duke’s Hall in presence of HRH Prince Charles, broadcasts for “Culture” television channel in Russia and BBC Radio 3. In May 2013, he was invited to participate in a recording of the “My First Decade” album for Decca Classics in collaboration with violinist Nicola Benedetti. His repertoire stretches from Orlando Gibbons to Arvo Pärt.