Three renowned visionary artists of the next generation combine talents in this eclectic new ensemble: Junction Trio. Violinist Stefan Jackiw (Evnin Rising Star, 2007), recognized for musicianship that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique, returns with pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell of the trail-blazing JACK Quartet. Tao, who appears worldwide as a pianist and composer, has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. Approaching both old and new works with the same curiosity and emotional commitment, Campbell has been called “electrifying” by The New York Times. Join these soloists-turned-trio for two classic yet contrasting chamber music masterpieces.
These three are onto something special.”
— The Boston Globe
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Jay Campbell, cello
Conrad Tao, piano
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
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Three visionary next-generation artists combine internationally recognized talents in the eclectic new ensemble, Junction Trio. The Trio has performed at Washington Performing Arts, Portland Ovations, Rockport Music, Chautauqua Institution, and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Performances in the 2019-2020 season included debuts including Orange County Philharmonic Society, Chamber Music Albuquerque, BIG ARTS Sanibel, and Valley Classical Concerts in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Stefan Jackiw, violin
One of America’s foremost violinists, Stefan Jackiw captivates audiences by combining poetry and purity with impeccable technique. Praised for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.
This season, Jackiw returned to the Bournemouth Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin. Past recital highlights include performances of the complete Ives violin Sonatas with Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood and Boston’s Jordan Hall, and performance of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, which Jackiw has recorded for Sony. With the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher, Jackiw gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “Jubilant Arcs,” commissioned for Jackiw by the Heidelberg Festival.
Born to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and he lives in New York City.
Jay Campbell, cello
Cellist Jay Campbell brings his eclectic creative interests to bear in performances that The New York Times calls “electrifying” and The Washington Post calls “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving.” The only musician ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants—in 2016 as a soloist, and again in 2019 as a member of the JACK Quartet—he approaches old and new music with the same curiosity and commitment.
Campbell made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as Artistic Director for Ligeti Forward, a series featured at the New York Philharmonic Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, Campbell served as Artist- in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival alongside violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with whom he later appeared in recital at New York’s Park Avenue Armory and the Ojai Music Festival. Campbell made his Berlin debut in 2018 at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin.
Dedicated to introducing audiences to important contemporary music, Campbell has worked with some of the most creative musicians of our time, including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, and many others. His close association with John Zorn led to the 2015 release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik), which featured all works written for Campbell, and was listed in the New York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. A committed chamber musician, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet as well as of the Junction Trio.
Conrad Tao, piano
A musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (The New York Times), Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. Named “one of five classical music faces to watch” (The New York Times) last season, Tao is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Gilmore Young Artist— an honor awarded every two years to the most promising American pianists of the new generation.
In the 2019-2020 season, Tao made his recital debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, and was presented in recital by Carnegie Hall and by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Tao’s debut disc, Voyages, was declared a “spiky debut” by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, and his second album, Pictures, was hailed by The New York Times as “a fascinating album [by] a thoughtful artist and dynamic performer…played with enormous imagination, color and command.” Tao’s third album, Compassion, was released in fall of 2019.
Tao was born in Urbana, IL in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.