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.
Benefitting from the expertise, teaching and support of her father Christopher White Vanessa was awarded a music scholarship to Oakham School and achieved distinctions in Grade Eight on both violin and clarinet at the age of 15. Vanessa considers these formative years and the expert tuition she received from her father to be the foundation of her musical knowledge and experience. She later attended Loughborough High School as a music scholar in the Sixth Form.
During her school years Vanessa was a violinist in 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. She appeared as a concerto soloist performing works such as Dvorak's Romance and Saint-Saens Rondo Capriccioso and won various prizes in music competitions.
Vanessa is now in her final year at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Czech violinist, Pavel Fischer. 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, RNCM Concert Orchestra, RNCM Opera Orchestra, RNCM Session Orchestra and is particularly interested in playing chamber music.
Vanessa plays with the Alegría Piano Trio which formed at the RNCM in 2015, since then the Trio have enjoyed regular lessons with the Elias Quartet, Trio Gaspard, Leonard Elschenbroich, Emma Ferrand and Jeremy Young and were finalists in the RNCM Hirsch Competition 2017. They also regularly play in recitals across the country. Vanessa has performed movements from the Mendelssohn Octet with the Elias Quartet at the RNCM. She also plays regularly with Romanian pianist Radu Prisada who have played together since 2017.
Vanessa has been closely involved in the Great Bowden Music Fest throughout its history performing concertos with the Great Bowden Camerata such as Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ from the Four Seasons in 2016 and Schubert's Rondo in A major in 2017. As well as lots of chamber music works with prominent musicians who play in orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich. Repertoire she has performed include: Schubert String Quintet, Tchaikovsky 'Souvenir de Florence', Dvorak Piano Quintet and more.
In 2018 Vanessa started a blog site to promote positive mindsets in musicians and includes regular updates on her own musical journey. Click below to view her site.