Jennifer Roig-Francolí enjoys a varied international career as a baroque and modern violinist, and as an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a self-care method which relieves pain and stress while improving mind-body coordination. She is currently the violinist and Co-Director of Adastra, a Period Instrument Duo with Vivian Montgomery (harpsichord, fortepiano), as well as violinist for the baroque chamber ensemble, Fioritura (Philadelphia), and visiting 2nd chair with the Vivaldi Project (Washington, DC). She served as Associate Concertmaster, soloist, and acting concertmaster of Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland) for over a decade, and was also the Assistant Concertmaster of Apollo Ensemble (New York) for several years. Roig-Francolí was a founding member of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, and has also been invited to perform with many other period instrument ensembles, including the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, The Publick Musick, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Chatham Baroque.
On the modern violin, Roig-Francolí has appeared as featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Berlin Symphony, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Among the awards she has received are the TIME Magazine Collegiate Achievement Award, the Skene Award of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the Pittsburgh Y Music Society’s Passamaneck Award. Roig-Francolí was the Assistant/Acting Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Symphony, and Concertmaster of the New Philharmonic Orchestra (Chicago).
An active teacher as well as performer, Roig-Francolí has given masterclasses and lecture/demonstrations on historical performance practice at a variety of institutions, including the Eastman School of Music, Northern Illinois University, Otterbein College, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and masterclasses in the Alexander Technique at CCM, the Ibiza Conservatory (Spain), Duke University (NC), and Slippery Rock University (PA). She can be heard on recordings with Apollo’s Fire, Fioritura, and Apollo Ensemble, on the Centaur, Dorian, Koch, and Elevation Group labels, as well as on YouTube performing a five- movement piece by her husband, Roig-Francolí, called Songs of the Infinite, which she premiered in Carnegie Hall with pianist Adam Kent in October 2010.
Roig-Francolí is an adjunct instructor of the Alexander Technique at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the studio owner/instructor of Balance & Harmony Alexander Technique. Her Alexander Technique website is http://www.BalanceandHarmonyAT.com. Information about Adastra, a Period Instrument Duo can be found at www.AdastraDuo.org.