The Didsbury roots of Violin Venus, Jane Hunt
PUBLISHED: 15:08 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:09 20 February 2013
Jane Hunt is a world-class violinist living in New York but it all began in Didsbury
It all started in an attic. When David Jones found a violin in a relatives attic, his granddaughter Jane Hunt was hooked. From that day there were few occasions you wouldnt spot the then nine-year-old playing the family heirloom.
I remember picking the violin up and just loved it straight away, said Jane, who grew up in Didsbury. From that moment I just always wanted to play it and I couldnt put it down.
I just got this feeling about it. It sounds strange but I just loved the feeling of playing it. Looking back I probably drove everyone mad with it.
Jane earned a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and as she was completing her final year she was offered the opportunity to play with a quartet, Neo Camerata, in Dallas - she flew out the day after she graduated. This also gave her the chance to play as a guest soloist alongside established artists and she started to compose her own music.
Jane, now 27, is the first to admit she has been lucky. To date she has played in some of Americas most prestigious concert halls, including at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and The Kennedy Center.
She performed at Sir Elton Johns Lifeball, on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week and at Cannes Film Festival and has also created her own show, Violin Venus. In this she performs her own compositions of classical music combined with pop, folk and jazz alongside dancers and performers at venues around the world. She has also done recordings at George Lucas renowned Skywalker Ranch Soundstage and has been working on a soundtrack for new film, Switchback, starring American actor William Sadler.
But last year was her biggest concert so far when she stepped onto a tennis court to play in front of a 20,000 strong crowd at the US Tennis Open. It was here she also met partner, Jez Green, from Manchester, who is fitness coach and trainer to Andy Murray.
Jane said: That was a pretty terrifying thing to do. That was a really big crowd, much bigger than any I have ever done. It was nice for me to be involved in that. They asked me to do the soundtrack to the whole event too which was amazing.
Ive always loved tennis and used to be a member of the local club in Didsbury and played for the county. It was almost like going full circle. I perform all over the world but it would be nice to have more concerts back home so I can see my family more.
Jane has properties in New York and Florida and makes no apologies for her love of living in the US. But there is one thing from home, as well as her family, that she cannot live without.
Fish and chips, said Jane. My mum always wants to cook for me when I come back because she doesnt get much opportunity. But as soon as I get back I have to go straight to the local chip shop in Didsbury. You just cant get anything like that in New York. I miss it a lot.
Jane Hunt performs Carmen Fantasy