The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Roger Zahab, will perform Dvorak’s 7th Symphony and two works by Hector Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture and Reverie et Caprice. Reverie et Caprice will feature violin soloist Olivia Jackson, a sophomore bioengineering student at Pitt.
Violinist Olivia Jackson has been a member of the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two years and also performs with the Honors College String Quartet. Her career in music began when she was in elementary school. Since then she has studied violin with Dr. Robert Gillespie, to whom she credits a large amount of her musical knowledge. She is also well versed in piano and has studied with Tamara Morris and Ahlin Min. In high school, Olivia played with the Chamber Music Connection, Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, South Central Regional Orchestra, the Ohio All-State Orchestra, and with the Davidson String Quartet. After graduating high school she established a new group called the Siren String Quartet. Olivia also teaches violin and piano to beginning students.
At Pitt, Olivia is involved in undergraduate research, UPMC volunteering, the Society of Women Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Dental Science Club.