About This Performance
Jennifer Koh has defined and expanded music through insightful and dazzling performances and commissions. Timo Andres has also blazed a trail of captivating new works and crisp, rewarding performances. A member of the JACK Quartet, Jay Campbell is passionately dedicated to the music of our time.
ANDRES: Winding Stair, Small Wonder (solo cello) and Piano Trio
JANÁČEK: Pohádka (A Tale) and Sonata for Violin and Piano
Frank S. Bayley, Individual Sponsor
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. A forward-thinking artist, she is dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire, while promoting equity and inclusivity in classical music. She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects and has premiered more than 100 works written especially for her. Her quest for the new and unusual, sense of endless curiosity, and ability to lead and inspire a host of multidisciplinary collaborators, truly set her apart.
Ms. Koh’s series include Alone Together, an online commissioning project and performances series in support of composers during the coronavirus crisis; The New American Concerto, which invites a diverse collective of composers to examine socio-cultural topics relevant to American life today through the form of the violin concerto; Limitless which explores the relationship between composer and performer through duo works played by Ms. Koh and the composers themselves; Bach and Beyond, which traces the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s sonatas and partitas to pieces by 20th- and 21st-century composers; and Shared Madness, comprising short solo works that explore virtuosity in the 21st century, commissioned from over 30 composers.
Ms. Koh has appeared with orchestras worldwide, among them the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonics; Cleveland, Mariinsky, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia (London) Orchestras; and Atlanta, Baltimore, BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, National, New World, NHK, RAI (Torino), and Singapore Symphonies. Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, she has won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has a BA in English literature from Oberlin College and studied at the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. She is an active lecturer, teacher, and recording artist for Cedille Records; and is the Artistic Director and Founder of the non-profit arco collaborative.
Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Notable works include Everything Happens So Much for the Boston Symphony; Strong Language for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series; Steady Hand, a two-piano concerto commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia premiered at the Barbican by Andres and David Kaplan; and The Blind Banister, a concerto for Jonathan Biss, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
As a pianist, Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, and in many collaborations with Andrew Cyr and Metropolis Ensemble. He has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, and (le) Poisson Rouge. Collaborators include Becca Stevens, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Nadia Sirota, the Kronos Quartet, John Adams, and Philip Glass, with whom he has performed the complete Glass Etudes, and who selected Andres as the recipient of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. Andres also frequently works with Sufjan Stevens; his arrangements of Stevens’s ballet, Principia, were presented by the New York City Ballet, and their 2019 record, The Decalogue, has received widespread acclaim.
In November 2019, Andres curated (and performed in) “American Perspective,” a concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, André de Ridder, Dance Heginbotham, and Inbal Segev, playing his cello concerto, Upstate Obscura. Since the Covid-cancellation of his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2020 and subsequent “playlist” performance on YouTube, his performance films have received widespread critical and popular acclaim. He is a featured artist at Ojai 2021, and will have new works premiered in 21–22 by Johannes Moser, Lara Downes, concert:nova, the Myriad Trio, and others.
A Nonesuch Records artist, Timo Andres is featured as composer and pianist on the May 2020 release I Still Play, an album comprising a set of piano pieces written by himself and fellow Nonesuch artists for Chairman Emeritus Bob Hurwitz. A Yale School of Music graduate and a Yamaha/Bösendorfer Artist, he is on the composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music at the New School.
Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” cellist Jay Campbell is currently the only artist to have received two Avery Fisher Career Grants: as a cello soloist and as a member of the JACK Quartet. Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, he has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing virtuosity and emotional commitment.
Among upcoming highlights are his world premiere performances of Andreia Pinto Correia’s new cello concerto with both the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. He will return to San Francisco Performances and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, where he previously served as co-curator with composer, John Adams.
Mr. Campbell recently concluded (to rave reviews) a U.S. tour with Swiss violinist, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with performances at major venues such as the Kennedy Center, Boston Celebrity Series, and San Francisco Performances; the Italian premiere of Luca Francesconi’s concerto Das Ding singt with Musica Milano; and a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and violinist, Pablo Rus Broseta.
Recipient of awards from the BMI and ASCAP foundations, Jay Campbell was also First Prize winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild auditions, and Second Prize winner of the 2015 Walter W. Naumburg International Cello Competition, competing against more than 100 cellists worldwide. He holds an Artist Diploma, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Fred Sherry.
Jay Campbell plays a cello crafted in the 1750s by Italian luthier, Paolo Antonio Testore of Milan.