Jessica Ipkendanz
After beginning piano lessons at the age of seven, and violin lessons a year later, Jessica left school at 15 and began full time study at the WA Conservatorium of Music. She studied with Alan Bonds and Pal Eder, and completed her degree at UWA with Paul Wright.

While at university, Jessica was awarded many prizes and scholarships, including the Vose concerto prize, and the Edith Cowan prize for most outstanding performance graduate. In 1997, as one of only 2 string finalists in the ABC Young Performers Competition, she performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony. She was also invited to work with the Australian Chamber Orchestra following a series of workshops at UWA. Later that year she travelled to London, and was offered a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, but chose to return to Perth to pursue other musical interests.

In 1999 Jessica moved to Melbourne to take up a scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music, where she studied with many internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and overseas. She was also invited to perform in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Festival.

In 2001 she performed an all Piazzolla programme with the Eclectic Collective as part of the Melbourne Festival. Following this performance she formed Duo Ipkendanz-Yong with pianist Raymond Yong. The duo has performed for the Musica Viva Menage series and the Port Fairy Festival.

Jessica performs many solo classical engagements, as well as with her world duo, The Latin Gypsy Experiment, and the tango group Equinox. She is very involved with the Perth New Music scene - she participated in a week long residency for Western Australian composers last year at New Norcia, and performs with the ensemble Pi.

Jess works with many WA composers and musicians, and has been performing many of her own works during the past two years, including solo works for violin and voice, ensemble works and music for dance. She is working towards recording a solo album this year, using her skills on piano, violin and voice. Most recent performances include a new experimental trio with Cathie Travers and Melanie Robinson, with each member of the group contributing compositions and arrangements.
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