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 St. James' Piccadilly and Kings Place in London, KKL Lucerne and Mozarteum Salzburg. In 2017 he played in some of China's most important concert halls, including Shanghai and Beijing's “Great Hall of the People”.
Engaged in both old and new works with the same curiosity, Jesper was invited to join the prestigious Lucerne Festival Academy in summer 2017 which included performances at KKL Lucerne, the Cologne Philharmonie and the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Enthusiastic about chamber music, Jesper performs often in recitals. Starting in 2017, he became the artistic leader of his own chamber music series “Seeklang” (“Lake sounds”) in Switzerland. Additionally, Jesper is frequently engaged as a concertmaster with orchestras such as Trinity Laban's Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra and the Shapeshifter Ensemble London. 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 early teens, Jesper was accepted into the young talent scheme of the university for music in Lucerne (Switzerland). He obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Violin Performance studying with Daniel Dodds in Lucerne and with Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn in London at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where he finished his exams with the grade 'With Distinction'. 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.