Patricia KopatchinskajaViolin
Jay CampbellCello

Patrica Kopatchinskaja & Jay Campbell

Sunday, January 26, 2020 | 5pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information
San Francisco



From the Winchester Troper (11th Century)
JÖRG WIDMANN: Selections from 24 Duos for violin and cello
GIBBONS: Fantasia
RAVEL: Sonata for violin and cello
ILLÉS: “Én-kör III” (I-Circle) for Violin and Cello
XENAKIS: Dhipli Zyia
MACHAUT: Balade 4 (Biauté qui)
LIGETI: Hommage à Hilding Rosenberg
KODÁLY: Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7


C.P.E. BACH: Presto, Helm 66 VI

About This Performance

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Jay Campbell have chosen a program that spans a millennium, underscoring the timeless power of music to communicate, innovate and move us. Kopatchinskaja “is incapable of giving a boring performance” (Bachtrack), and Campbell “performs music of our time not out of obligation but because it excites him so much.” (New York Times)

Performer Biographies

Moldovan born violinist and “one of the most distinctive voices in the violin world,” Patricia Kopatchinskaja's unique approach shows itself in her diverse repertoire ranging from baroque and classical works played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterpieces. “A player of rare expressive energy and disarming informality, of whimsy and theatrical ambition” (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, June 2018).

2018–19 is another exciting season for Kopatchinskaja as she continues to collaborate with leading conductors and orchestras. The season begins with a debut for Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (Kent Nagano), performances with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Berliner Philharmoniker (Kirill Petrenko) and a European tour with Kammerorchester Basel (Heinz Holliger). In the U.S., Kopatchinskaja will make another important debut with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra for concerts of Eötvös Sevenand under the baton of Currentzis she will revive Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Musica Aeterna for a Japanese Tour.

With recital partner, Polina Leschenko she has released Deux(Alpha), which the duo will tour, making their collective debut to the U.S. and Japan.

Kopatchinskaja has held the position of Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2014 and was awarded a Grammy in 2018 for their recording, Death and the Maiden (Alpha). Other accolades include the prestigious Swiss Grand Award for Music in 2017, a recognition of exceptional talent and innovation awarded by the Federal Office of Culture for Switzerland.

Highlights last season included the world premiere of her new project, Dies Irae at the Lucerne Festival where she was “artiste étoile.” The project also received its North American premiere as part of Kopatchinskaja’s position as Music Director at the Ojai Music Festival this summer. Other highlights include appearances at the Salzburger Festspiele with Markus Hinterhauser and Camerata Salzburg for pieces by Ustwolskaja and Hartmann.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times; “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post; and on WQXR by Krzysztof Penderecki for “the greatest performance yet of Capriccio per Sigfried Palm”.

A 2016 recipient the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic-director for Ligeti Forward, a series featured on the New York Philharmonic Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, later appearing together in recital at New York’s Park Avenue Armory and the Ojai Music Festival. In 2018, he made his Berlin debut at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Future highlights include the Italian premiere of Luca Francesconi’s cello concerto Das Ding Singt (commissioned for him by the Lucerne Festival) at Milano Musica, recording Marc-Andre Dalbavie’s cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony, a recital tour with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and a new cello concerto by Andreia Pinto-Correia. Adjacent to his performing life, he was invited to be co-curator in 2019 with composer John Adams for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series.

Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Jay has worked closely with some of the most creative musicians of our recent time including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, and countless others from his own generation. His close association with John Zorn resulted in the 2015 release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik) featuring all works written for Campbell, and was listed in the New York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. He has recorded George Perle’s cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot (Bridge), a disc of Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky and Pintscher (Victor Elmaleh Collection), and a forthcoming collection of works commissioned for Campbell by David Fulmer (Tzadik). Deeply committed as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet as well as the JCT Trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College, the Banff Center, and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals, and 2019 begins teaching at the Mannes School of Music in New York City.

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