‘A splendid accompanist’
Jennifer Walsh (née Hughes) is a collaborative pianist and duo coach.
Jennifer performs across the UK and internationally. She has given recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milano, Oslo Opera House, Moscow's Rachmaninov Hall and Xinghai Conservatory, China. She has featured a number of times on BBC Radio 3, notably the In Tune programme and BBC Proms Plus. Jennifer is in the process of recording a series of discs profiling British cello and piano repertoire. Her first two discs 'Ireland, Delius & Bax: Cello Sonatas' and 'British Cello Works' - recorded with leading cellist Lionel Handy - have been released by Lyrita to critical acclaim. A third disc, comprising works of Ethel Smyth, Britten and Delius is due for release in 2022.
Jennifer served for several years on the faculty of the Royal College of Music, where she specialised in coaching and accompanying repertoire for piano and strings. She has collaborated with some of the world’s most talented young performers, helping them achieve prize-winning performances at international competitions. She has worked with Maxim Vengerov in delivering his masterclass series for young violinists at the Royal College, as well as serving on the faculty of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, New Virtuosi International (UK & Italy), Festival Quattro Corde (Italy) and Voksenåsen Summer Academy (Norway). She currently teaches at The Perse School, Cambridge.
Jennifer was a DfES scholar at Wells Cathedral School, studying under Hilary Coates, and later graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying under John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. During this period she was awarded several prizes for accompaniment, including the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize.
Jennifer lives near Saffron Walden, with her husband and two sons.