Jessica Tortorice, a native Long Islander, began her musical studies in the public school system in Southampton, NY. Since that time, she has become quite the violinist, performing for world-renowned musicians, such as Itzhak Perlman, Nina Belina, the Ying Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, Ruth Laredo, and the Ahn Trio. She received her Bachelors Degree at the Royal College of Music in London, England, where she studied under Itzhak Rashkovsky. While in England, Jessi was a violinist in the Norris String Quartet, which performed all over Europe. She has also played in the Brooklyn-Queens Ensemble, performing New Music in New York. Aside from being a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer, Jessica is also a conductor. She has led both the Juilliard and Royal College Symphony Orchestras. She was also the first recipient of the Elizabeth Brockman Award in classical music. Each summer Jessica co-directs and teaches violin at the Southampton Strings Festival, where she inspires budding musicians from her native area.