JACK Quartet

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Biography

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto violin
Austin Wulliman violin
John Pickford Richards viola
Jay Campbell cello

Hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year”, named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch”, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emotional aspects of their work. The quartet has worked with artists such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, and Simon Steen-Andersen, with upcoming and recent premieres including works by Tyshawn Sorey, Georg Friedrich Haas, Clara Iannotta, John Luther Adams, Catherine Lamb, and John Zorn. JACK also recently announced their new Fulcrum Project, an all-access initiative to commission six artists each year, who will receive money, workshop time, mentorship, and resources to develop new work to be performed and recorded by the quartet.

The recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wig-more Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

According to Musical America, “many of their recordings are must-haves, for anyone interested in new music.” Among their dozens of releases, the most recent Cold Blue Music album of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises was praised as a “a wise and eloquent performance” by the San Francisco Chronicle, their concept album Imaginist with the Le Boeuf Brothers was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2018, and their complete Xenakis: String Quartets was named one of TimeOut New York’s “Top Recordings of the Year.” Other albums include music by Helmut Lachenmann, Amy Williams, Elliott Sharp, Hannah Lash, Horatiu Radulescu, and more.

Committed to education, JACK is the Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music, who will host JACK’s new Frontiers Festival, a multi-faceted festival of contemporary music for string quartet. They also teach each summer at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall and spring, as well as with the Lucerne Festival Academy, of which the four members are all alumni. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.

2019/20 Season

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Reviews

The young musicians of the JACK Quartet are simply incredible: seemingly effortless and relaxed, they play the most difficult and sophisticated contemporary music as if it were easy, harmonizing with one another in an almost touching way. Clemens Goldberg, kulturradio, 7/11/2018

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Discography

Past Lives

Caleb Burhans: Past Lives

Caleb Burhans, JACK Quartett
Cantaloupe Music, 2019 

Hannah Lash

Filigree - Music of Hannah Lash

JACK Quartett
New Focus Recordings, 2019

Waterlines

Christoper Trapani: Waterlines

Christoper Trapani, JACK Quartett
New Focus Recordings, 2018, fcr200

CR_Mode

HORATIU RADULESCU: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets 1

Stephen Clarke, JACK Quartet
Mode, 2016, mode 290

CR_Neuma

Richard Karpen: Aperture II // Elliptic

JACK Quartet / Six Tones
Neuma, 450-117, 2016

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams - Everything that rises

JACK Quartet
Cold Blue Music, 2018, CB0051

Laura Schwendinger: Quartets

Laura Schwendinger - Quartets

JACK Quartet
Albany records, 2018, TROY1704

Chaya Czernowin: Hidden

Chaya Czernowin - Hidden

JACK Quartet, Inbal Hever
Wergo, 2016, 00846

 John Zorn ‎– The Interpretation of Dreams

JOHN ZORN - Obscure Objects of Desire

JACK Quartet
Tzadik, 2017, TZ 8355

Amy Williams (3) ‎– Cineshape & Duos

AMY WILLIAMS - Cineshape 5

JACK Quartet
Albany Records, 2017, TROY 1670

SIMON HOLT 3rd Quartet

SIMON HOLT - 3rd Quartet

JACK Quartet
NMC, 2017, D216

Marc Sabat - Harmony

Marc Sabat - Harmony

JACK Quartet
Another Timbre, 2017, at109

Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet

Le Boeuf Brothers & JACK Quartet - Imaginist

Le Boeuf Brothers, JACK Quartet
Panoramic Recordings, 2016, pan06

John Zorn - The Interpretation Of Dreams

John Zorn - The Interpretation Of Dreams

JACK Quartet
Tzadik, 2017, Cat. # 8355

Elliot Sharp

Elliot Sharp - Tranzience

JACK Quartet
New World Records, 2016, 80778

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