Jane Norman – viola
Jane Norman has played violin and viola with the Feinstein Ensemble since 2000 and has played principal viola since 2009. Jane studied at the Guildhall School of Music, continuing her studies there with a post-graduate Early Music Diploma where she developed a complicated relationship with the wonderful timbre and scary unpredictability of gut strings which has continued for more than twenty years. At an early age she was introduced to the music of Bach and Purcell by her father; she has a particular love for music of the baroque era and feels privileged and a little surprised to earn a living playing it.
Jane has toured Europe, Japan, North and South America with such groups as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Sixteen and The Kings Consort and made many recordings with these and other groups. As a soloist she has recorded for The Kings Consort on the Hyperion label. She also enjoys teaching students of all ages; her youngest pupil is a six-year-old promising violinist and her oldest is a lady pianist of ninety-three who lives in a residential home and loves to revisit tunes she remembers from her younger days.
Jane now lives in Somerset, and spends her time away from music exploring the countryside with her dog and learning to paint in watercolour.