Concert Artists Guild Presents Rising Cellist Jay Campbell and Premiere of Three New Works, 3/10
Concert Artists Guild presents the adventurous young cellist Jay Campbell, First Prize Winner of the 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, on its Concerts in New York series on Monday evening, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Together with pianist Conor Hanick, Jay offers a program that reflects his dedication to new music, presented within an historical framework.
The evening features three new works by innovative composers David Fulmer, Simon Steen-Andersen, and Matthias Pintscher, bookended with works by Debussy and Stravinsky. For the World Premiere of David Fulmer's Cantantes Metallis (co-commissioned by the BMI Foundation and Concert Artists Guild), Jay and Conor are joined by percussionist Mike Truesdell, who also takes part in the US Premiere of Berlin-based composer Simon Steen-Andersen's Beside/Besides. Matthias Pintscher's Uriel (NY Premiere) is hauntingly dream-like work which Jay premiered in the US at the Krannert Center in 2013. The complete program is:
Debussy: Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano (Jay Campbell, cello, Conor Hanick, piano)
Matthias Pintscher: Uriel  (NY Premiere) (Jay Campbell, cello, Conor Hanick, piano)
Simon Steen-Andersen: Beside / Besides [2004/2006] (US Premiere) (Jay Campbell, piano, Mike Truesdell, percussion)
David Fulmer: Cantantes Metallis  (World Premiere) (Jay Campbell, cello, Conor Hanick,
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano (Jay Campbell, cello, Conor Hanick, piano)
Tickets are $20, $10 for students and are available by calling 212-247-7800 or by visiting www.carnegiehall.org.
Praised by The New York Times for his "electrifying performances" which "conveyed every nuance," American cellist Jay Campbell combines superb tonal control, eclectic musical interests and a diverse spectrum of repertoire, which has led to collaborations with musicians ranging from Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez to David Lang and John Zorn to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten.
In addition to his Weill Recital debut and his recent appearance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Mr. Campbell will be heard in recital, with pianist Conor Hanick, at the Italian Academy at Columbia University this season. He will also record his first solo CD for CAG Records as well as a chamber music disc for Tzadik. He is featured on concerts celebrating John Zorn's 60th birthday at the Lincoln Center Festival and Columbia University's Miller Theatre, and he also tours internationally during the season with Zorn and his ensemble. Festival appearances include the Moab Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Festival Heidelberger Frühling in Germany.
Recent concerto highlights include his New York Philharmonic debut performing Tan Dun's "Silk Road Encounters" from Crouching Tiger Concerto on a Young People's Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony at Stern Auditorium, as well as Lucerne Festival Academy, Oakland East-Bay Symphony, The Juilliard Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Pierre Boulez, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Morgan, Jeffrey Milarsky, Joshua Weilerstein. and Ryan McAdams.
Jay is actively involved with the music of our time, having premiered nearly one hundred works to date, including concertos by Chris Rogerson and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. In late 2013, Jay premiered a new recital piece written for him by John Zorn called occam's razor, and for the 2015-16 season, a new cello concerto will be commissioned for Jay from American composer David Fulmer, which is entitled Genus and Species and co-commissioned by the Human Rights Foundation. Already, the cellist has had the privilege of working with leading new music groups including ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ensemble InterContemporain, Da Capo Chamber Players ,and the Argento Ensemble. A further testament to his dedication to the music of our time comes from the ASCAP Foundation which honored Jay with the Lieber & Stoller Award.
As a chamber musician, Jay has worked with members of the Arditti, Takacs, Kronos ,and Afiara String Quartets. He has been invited to the Marlboro and Music@Menlo Festivals and enjoyed residencies at Vermont's Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Texas.
Born in Berkeley, CA, Jay Campbell is currently a student at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Music degree and is pursuing his Master of Music degree. He studies with celebrated cellist Fred Sherry.
The diverse artistic interests of New York City-based concert pianist Conor Hanick have led to solo and chamber music performances around the world, teaching roles at The Juilliard School and Smith College, concert, radio and festival curation, and collaborations with music's most accomplished instrumentalists, conductors, ensembles and composers. Although Conor's performances "def[y] human description" (ConcertoNet) for some, they inspire widespread praise from others. In a huge variety of repertoire, Conor's performances have been described as "excellent," "brilliant," "astounding," "colorful," (New York Times) and "expert," (Philadelphia Inquirer), demonstrating "technical precision and musical conviction" (Gramophone). Called a "true champion of contemporary music" (National Public Radio's "Classical Lost and Found"), Conor has been particularly acclaimed in performances of modern repertoire. Conor has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, performing at the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Dock Street Theater, Nasher Sculpture Center, Krannert Center, KKL Lucerne Hall, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Malaysia, and Kyoto Concert Hall, in addition to virtually every prominent arts venue in New York City, ranging from Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Miller Theater to (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Greene Space, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Conor resides in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and can be heard hosting Hammered! on WQXR's streaming contemporary music station, Q2Music. For more information visit conorhanick.tumblr.com.