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.