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Francesca Rijks (CESKIE)






Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA                                               September 2016 - present

  • Bachelor of Music in Professional Music

    • Performance, Songwriting, Arranging and Production concentrations

    • Scholarships: Berklee Performance Scholarship Recipient; Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship Recipient; Berklee Scholars Assignment Award, Fall 2017 - for outstanding achievement and professionalism; Dean’s List Placement for 3 consecutive years

    • Cumulative GPA 3.848

Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, UK                                              September 2009 – July 2016

  • Trained in classical violin, composition and jazz piano

  • Languages: English, Dutch & German

  • Head Prefect, Chetham’s Junior School




Berklee Scoring Sessions Program Orchestra (SSP); Boston, MA                                         2016 - present                                                           

  • Leading Berklee’s SSP for studio sessions

  • Maintaining the highest levels of sight-reading, interpretation and performance throughout regular six-hour recording sessions of film and game scores, producing new recordings every thirty minutes

  • Working closely with composers, directors and producers

  • Managing the orchestra to ensure timeliness, intonation and professionalism

  • Also paid work - study in Berklee's Vocal Department Celtic Ensemble


 Various ensembles; Boston, MA                                                                                             Sept 2017  -  present


  • With Berklee World strings/Trio Globo (3 Grammy award winners), recorded live at Berklee Performance Center

  • Selected from the Berklee Harry Potter Symphony Orchestra to lead a featured quartet streamed live for Fenway Alliance Boston Arts Festival

  • In demand soloist for Berklee Film Scoring Sessions

  • Private recording session with Jesus Molina (Grammy award winner)

  • Featured in numerous shows, including her own show (CESKIE) '19, BEANE '18, Julia Gartha '18, the Micki Miller ensemble directed by Tia Fuller '19


CONCERTMASTER                                                                                                                  March 2017

Audire Animation Concert, Boston, MA   


  • Responsible for contracting players, managing sectional rehearsals, sub-conductor, assisted with marketing of event

  • Arranged piece for full orchestra, choir and soloists

  • Edited bowings and dynamics in all parts



VIOLINIST, Boston, MA                                                                                                  Sept 2016 - Present

  • In-demand paid session violinist, recording and performing several times a week, recording singles, albums, live concert material and film scores of fellow Berklee students across all genres; 250+ sessions, Sept 2016 – present

  • Performance with Jacob Collier and Maro at MIT, December 2018

  • Recorded with Café da Silva, at Eurphoria studios, NY, July 2018

  • Featured soloist with Berklee World Strings and Trio Globo, March 2018

  • Recorded session with Thomas Newman, Nov 2017

  • Led second violins in commissioned tribute 1940s big band recording / video, Nov 2017

  • Violinist in Mariachi Band in fundraising concert at Regatta Bar, Boston, Nov 2017

  • Hired to contract, lead and rehearse premier of Moira Lo Bianco’s Brazilian octet inspired by composer Chiquinha Gonzaga, Nov 2017

  • Hired by MIT student, David Su to perform premier of interactive sound installation at award-winning SoWa Arts Festival, Nov 2017

  • Backing violinist in 21-piece pop band, 7th Degree at sold-out gig, Oct 2017

  • Backing violinist at intimate debut gig for indie-pop artist, Julia Gartha, Oct 2017 and folk-soul artist Tim Reynolds, Dec 2017

  • First desk in Harry Potter Symphony Orchestra for sold-out concert at Berklee Performance Centre, Oct 2017

  • Backing violinist in gig for hip-hop artist, David Robinson, April 2017

  • Loaned bespoke Mark Wood electric violin, Jan – May 2017

  • Recorded full album of ‘lush ballads’ at WGBH studios, Boston, with Kenny Werner, Eugene Friesen, and Peter Eldridge, April 2017

  • Demoed Helix wireless jack, pickup and pedal board with electric violin for Voltage Connect Seminar, March 2017

  • Concertmaster Berklee Jazz Orchestration Orchestra, performing with Terence Blanchard, March 2017

  • Performed on EP for indie-artist, Lily Williams, Feb 2017

  • Performed with Jacob Collier at MIT Kresge Auditorium, with MIT Festival Jazz ensemble and Ben Bloomberg, Dec 2016

  • Performed with Maria Finkelmeier and Marcus Santos (Grooversity) for TEDx, at Boston Opera House (on Timbao), Sept 2016

  • Recorded in the Berklee Advanced Orchestration Orchestra under Patrice Rushen; Lolitia Ritmanis & Miriam Cutler (BMI), Oct 2016

  • Played with Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, with George Monseur and Sheldon Mirowitz


VIOLINIST, Manchester, UK                                                                                                    2009 - 2016


  • Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra - played violin in large range of symphonies and concertos such as Mahler, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Bernstein etc. in concert halls including The Barbican, Cadogan Hall & The Royal Festival Hall

  • Performed solo violin at private concert for Prince William, Sept 2015

  • Performed numerous solo, string quartet and trio performances for charity, masterclasses and ticketed concerts in venues ranging from stately homes, churches, cathedrals, halls and private homes in the UK and Holland.




A multifaceted arranger, composer, music director and transcriber with wide experience across pop, classical and jazz genres


  • Arranged and directed strings for Micki Miller tribute show, directed by Tia Fuller, March 2019

  • Arranged and directed own show, with string section, Jan 2019

  • Arranged and directed 36 piece band, including string section and big band in Grammy's tribute show, Feb 2018

  • Commissioned to arrange full orchestral and choral piece for Animation Universe concert at the Berklee Performance Center, March 2017

  • Sponsored to attend the Athena Film Festival in Barnard school (part of Columbia University) in New York, with the WFI group 2017

  • Commissioned to compose animation short performed at Annecy Film Festival 2016; rearranged for full orchestra, conducted live performance

  • Commissioned to compose three-movement concert piece for string nonet performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, 2015

  • Composed piece representing Kenya performed at Commonwealth Resounds in Malta, 2015

  • Composed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted in a broad range of styles from film music to orchestral scores, full big band, string quartet, choir and pop bands performed at Chetham’s School of Music and Berklee College of Music

  • Mentored by Gwilym Simcock and the Impossibly Gentlemen on big band writing and jazz piano performance

  • Attended masterclasses and/or played with: Jacob Collier; Bastille; Patrice Rushen; Eric Whitacre; Sarah Class; Jeremy Pike; Howard Shore; Bill Elliott.



  • Song ‘Popular’ played on BBC Introducing 2013. Subsequently approached by Matt Johnson of Red Light Management. Released EP and recorded music video at Elbow’s studio

  • Invited to perform solo gig at WGT Festival, Leipzig, Germany 2014

  • Performed own songs in festival venues and open mics in England, France, Italy Holland & USA

  • 2016, British journalist Mark Dee reviewed my song ‘Believe In Yourself’ as “a very pop power ballad… I have the feeling that we will be hearing much more from this talented young lady”



  • Performed solo jazz piano with Chetham’s Big Band at Band On the Wall jazz club.

  • Studied at the Berklee summer 5-week programme with scholarship for Jazz Piano, 2015.



  • Sponsored to attend Gyspy jazz/ Brazilian Choro festival with Eugene Freisen and Jason Annick, July 2018

  • Berklee College of Music Boston - Won scholarship to attend 5-week course 2015 studying jazz piano

  • Casalmaggiore International Music Festival – 2011, 2013, 2014 (studied violin and chamber music with Professor Anne Shih)

  • Music Alp, Académie Internationale de Courchevel – 2012 (studied violin and chamber music with Professor Jan Repko).



  • Experienced performer on violin, piano and voice

  • Experienced Sight reader on violin 

  • Live Amplification Experience

  • West African hand percussionist

  • Basic skills on guitar and bass

  • Keys and Keytar player

  • Beatboxer

  • Conducting

  • Experienced arranger 

  • Student Ambassador for Berklee, 2017 - present


  • LogicPro

  • ProTools

  • Abelton

  • Sibelius (advanced)


  • Advanced knowledge of Mac Systems

  • Microsoft Office

  • IMovie


  • Fluent in Dutch; basic German

  • Member of the Musician’s Union UK

  • Completed 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Down Under school of Yoga, 2018

  • Guest Writer for Down Under School of Yoga ‘voices’ blog, 2018