The Serbian violinist Jelena Ristic graduated from the Novi Sad Arts Academy, where she studied with Dejan Mihailović, subsequently studying with Ilya Grubert in Amsterdam.
From 2005 to 2007, she made solo appearances with the Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Novi Sad Arts Academy Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. She was appointed principal violinist of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. She has served as assistant principal violinist of the Brabant Orchestra and Holland Symfonia, and as principal violinist of several orchestras in Denmark.
Ristic joined the first violin section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2013.
“My passion is music. As a little girl I already knew: I am going to sing! My father is a talented musician and my mother is a famous folk singer in Serbia; I wanted to follow in her footsteps. From the age of five, I was suddenly fascinated by the violin. It is such a beautiful, complex and sensitive instrument. When I play, my heart speaks. Then I am pure, innocent, without layering. Just like that little girl back then. “