“Congratulations on such an inspiring edition of your festival. The orchestral evening and the closing two piano recital were alone worth coming for! The orchestral concert was absolutely splendid, and so were you and the orchestra.”
Karla Hartl, President, Kapralova Society, Toronto

“Your commitment was infectious and I’m impressed by your mastery as a conductor. Your eye or ear for what is possible in the given circumstances und “musici” is quite something!”
Barbara Schneebelli, Schools’ Liaison, Festival frauenkomponiert 2018

“My compliments for your enormous achievement. It was really a very ambitious programme with practically unknown pieces. There was no real precedents, in the case of Tyrrell’s Overture none at all. Such a thing obviously needs much more preparation. To manage all that in the usual rehearse time is a great challenge. But we mastered it. Your clear intention and perfect preparation certainly contribute greatly to this….
I find the fact that you as the conductor sometime ask my (or someone else’s) opinion unique. It is a sign of strength. I think it should always be like that, but the reality is rather different.”
Jiří Nĕmeček, Lead violinst, Festival frauenkomponiert 2018

“She impresses not only with her talent and high intelligence, but also with the seriousness with which she applies herself to conducting. She is simply an outstanding personality.”
Thüring Bräm, composer and conductor

“…it was fascinating to observe how the conductor, Jessica Horsley, united the orchestra and the excellent soloist with warmth and aplomb…Standing Ovation…”
Cathy Schmid, Basel News after frauenkomponiert

“Jessica Horsley’s conducting is wonderfully grounded and leads us to great heights.”
Bernadette Fries Bolli, cellist

“Jessica is always perfectly prepared, knows the score by heart and leads all entries surely and consciously. In the communication with the orchestra she is precise in the expression of her wishes and at the same time full of respect for the musicians.
She breathes clearly with her conducting impulse and every entry produces the right reaction. The tone of the orchestra is round and warm! And at the same time, the articulation is clear and extremely differentiated. She is open for the New that arises in rehearsals and gives room to explore further new departures.”
Omar Zoboli, oboist


“brilliant and most deeply magical baryton playing; I will never forget these interpretations.”
Klaus Huber, composer

“Jessica Horsley demonstrated her mastery of the Baryton… with natural virtuosity.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Her ability to grasp and organise a difficult contemporary score so that she can play it from memory is impressive.”
Heidi Baader-Nobs, composer

“wonderful moments [of] sensual dialogue between a muted cello and a baryton…”
NRC Handelsblad