Dordt College News

NISO Features Violinist Jessica Mathaes

April 8, 2010

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Guest conductor Tim McGarvey will lead the orchestra in this final concert of the 2009-2010 season.

Impressive works by noteworthy composers Bernstein, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns come together in the culminating NISO concert for the season. Bernstein’s lively ‘Candide’ Overture will open the concert, followed by a spectacular performance of the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 by violinist Jessica Mathaes. Symphony No. 5, perhaps the best-loved of all Beethoven’s symphonies, will bring the concert to a stunning close.

Hailed by critics as “something to behold” (The Village Voice) and “a master of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto” (Austin Chronicle), award-winning violinist Jessica Mathaes enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, recording artist, educator and concertmaster of the Austin Symphony. She has appeared in concert throughout Europe and the United States, and on radio  stations across the globe. Ms. Mathaes was appointed concertmaster of the Austin Symphony in 2005, becoming the youngest person in the group’s 99 year history to occupy the chair. Her debut solo CD, “Suites and Sweets,” was released on the Centaur label in 2009 to critical acclaim.

The first-ever winner of the Classical Artists Development Foundation fellowship, Ms. Mathaes has given master classes at universities across the United States, and has served on the faculties of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. A champion of new music, she has premiered works of numerous composers, and made her New York City debut in February of 2010, presenting a solo recital featuring six world premieres written for her by composers of the Random Access Music Composer’s Collective.

Equally at home on the violin and the viola, Ms. Mathaes holds performance degrees in both instruments from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She performs on a violin crafted in 1807 by Johannes Cuypers, who is known as the Dutch Stradivarius. For more information, please visit

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