Vanessa began playing the violin at the age of seven. She quickly decided that she would like to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a musician.
Vanessa was taught by her father, Christopher White while attending Oakham School and later Loughborough High School in the sixth form. She held music scholarships at both institutions. Vanessa was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre and National Youth String Orchestra where she was able to perform in venues such as the Sage, Gateshead and Kings Place, London.
Vanessa recently completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Czech violinist, Pavel Fischer. In her time there she has enjoyed the opportunity to perform in masterclasses given by violinists such as Levon Chilingirian, Yair Kless and Mauricio Fuks. She has performed as part of the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Session Orchestra.
Vanessa is passionate about performing chamber music. She plays with the Alegría Piano Trio which formed at the RNCM in 2015, since then she has enjoyed regular lessons with the Elias Quartet, Trio Gaspard, Leonard Elschenbroich, Emma Ferrand and Jeremy Young and her trio was a finalists in the RNCM Hirsch Competition. Vanessa has also had the privilege to perform movements from the Mendelssohn Octet with the Elias Quartet.
Vanessa has helped run the Great Bowden Music Fest since its beginning in 2014 performing a variety of chamber works with musicians from the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich, Philharmonia Orchestra and other orchestras around Europe.
Vanessa has recently been accepted to the Berlin Opera Academy, where she has also been awarded the Lily Niblock memorial scholarship.