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.
“The JACK Quartet has received such praise for its involvement with new music that it’s easy to take for granted how superbly accomplished these players are.”
“In the hands of these master musicians, Tetras became accessible, transparent, beautiful. We were reminded once again of what musical artists do – they join their bodies, minds and hearts together, and put the results on display for our delight.”
“It’s clear how JACK have earned the admiration of contemporary composers and music lovers everywhere. They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us.”
“There’s something almost evangelical about the JACK Quartet. Such is the talent and focus of this young, New York-based string quartet that it has quickly established itself as an important proponent of contemporary music, and the ensemble’s intense and audacious performances have been known to convert even the most conservative listeners.”
- Ojai Music Festival 2018: Ojai Talks with Jack Quartet
- Richer Textures: Amy Williams (2018)
- Between their Winnipeg New Music Festival debut performance and the WNMF closing performance tonight, the JACK Quartet joined Simeon Rusnak in the Diamond Lane!
- Derek Bermel: Intonations (2016), for string quartet I. Harmonica II. Hymn/Homily III. Hustle
- Marc Sabat: Jean-Philippe Rameau (2012)
- JACK Quartet completes a tour of the States, then takes American music to Europe!
- JACK Quartet welcomes two new members and premieres new works this fall
- JACK Quartet in Boston, New York, and elsewhere