JACK Quartet


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European Management (except Italy: Resia Artists)

CR_Beowulf Sheehan


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

Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)

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), Wigmore 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).

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.

2018/19 Season

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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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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


Christoper Trapani: Waterlines

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


HORATIU RADULESCU: Piano Sonatas & String Quartets 1

Stephen Clarke, JACK Quartet
Mode, 2016, mode 290


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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