Jan Repko was born in South Africa. He started studying the violin with Jack de Wet and later continued his studies with Davina van Wely at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam. He also worked with Nathan Milstein, Dorothy DeLay, Victor Lieberman and Berl Senofsky. He has regularly performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. After 5 years as concertmaster of the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands, he decided to concentrate on teaching and was appointed at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam. During this period he was very active in teaching talented young violinists and is a co-founder of the Netherlands Youth String Orchestra.
He is now an internationally renowned pedagogue and is a much sought after teacher, drawing students from all over the world. They regularly perform as soloists and chamber musicians, and have been top prize winners and laureates in many major international competitions, including the Menuhin, Sibelius, Wieniawsky and the Queen Elizabeth violin competitions.
Jan Repko is a professor at the Royal College of Music in London, Royal Birmingham Conservtoire and at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He teaches at various summer schools and is a faculty member of the Academie Internationale de Tignes (Musicalp). He is artist director of “Festival Quattro Corde" in Sant’ Agata Feltria in Italy. He is regularly asked to give masterclasses all over the world and serves as a jury member in many international violin competitions. Jan is an advisor and teacher in the ARCO project which offers lessons for young talented children in Soweto, South Africa.
Jan plays on a Tommaso Balestrieri and a Stefan-Peter Greiner.