Fiona Pears is an effervescent and charismatic performer who, along with her amazing band, will captivate you with her passionate and exuberant violin playing. She performs Celtic, Classical, Tango, Jazz and Gypsy with equal ease – and sometimes all in the same composition!
Fiona has performed and recorded internationally over the past fifteen years. Personal highlights include appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London and performing her own compositions and arrangements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Alongside her performing, Fiona has also written arrangements for artists on the Universal, EMI and Classic FM record labels. Fiona has also performed as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.
Fiona has released seven Ds and two DVDs to date. Her latest CD is South of France and features Gypsy jazz, a style of music that originally made famous by legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and French virtuoso violinist Stéphane Grappelli when they formed the ‘Quintette du Hot Club de France’ back in the 1930s. This brand new album features much of the music from the era, plus a few other favourites, as well as one of Fiona’s own compositions.
Fiona performs a mix of styles including tango, Celtic, gypsy and a touch of classical music with with her dynamic band Fiona Pears Trio, featuring Ian Tilley on piano and Connor Hartley-Hallon on guitar.