This season’s Bursary Holder is the Australian/British conductor Jessica Cottis who is a first class honours graduate of the Australian National University. She continued her studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti at Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and at the Royal Academy of Music where she is currently a postgraduate conducting scholar under the tutelage of Colin Metters, George Hurst and Sir Colin Davis. At the Royal Academy she holds the Gordon Trust, Wall Trust and Louisa Lewisohn Memorial Trust Awards for Conducting. In addition to conducting, Jessica plays the piano, organ, trumpet, French horn and harpsichord. She was a member of Canberra Youth Orchestra playing trumpet and has given piano recitals in Canberra and Sydney.
Jessica has worked as assistant conductor for British Youth Opera, the Southbank Sinfonia, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra and as conductor for the Vocal Faculty at the Royal Academy of Music on Il Matrimonio Segreto, Fidelio, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin, The Growing Castle and Albert Herring. She has also conducted the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Sofia Festival Orchestra. Other recent engagements include assisting Sian Edwards on Hänsel und Gretel for Royal Academy Opera, conducting Die Zauberflöte for the Bloomsbury Festival, Un ballo in maschera at the Bourgas State Opera and Don Giovanni in conjunction with the 2007 London Fashion Week Awards.
Jessica is delighted to receive this season’s Bob Harding Bursary Award and looks forward to working with Havant Symphony Orchestra.