Jane Rogers studied viola at the Royal Academy of Music with John White and Stephen Shingles. It was there that she became interested in historical performance practice and commenced studying the baroque viola with Jan Schlaap. This led to her gaining a place in the European Union Baroque Orchestra under Roy Goodman. Whilst at the Academy, Jane started to work with such groups as Collegium Musicum 90 (Simon Standage), The Parley of Instruments (Peter Holman), The English Concert (Trevor Pinnock) and The Academy of Ancient Music (Christopher Hogwood).
On leaving the Academy Jane was appointed co-principal viola with the English Concert and began freelancing with such groups as The London Classical Players (Roger Norrington), The Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh) and Florilegium.
She was a member of the Eroica string quartet for several years and became interested in 19th century bowing techniques and early recordings of the string quartet. Jane is currently principal viola with The Dunedin Consort (John Butt), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), The Kings Consort (Matthew Halls), The English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner) and The European Brandenburg Ensemble (Trevor Pinnock). She also plays modern viola with the Southern Sinfonia and English Touring Opera.
Jane teaches the Baroque Viola at the Academy, at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has appeared on over 200 CD recordings as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her passions include 20th century English string repertoire and organ music written before 1750 (played on original organs).
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