Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (Frances), Perpignan, Valencia, Citta’ della Pieve (Italy), Jerash (Jordan), Casals (Puerto Rico), Cervantino (Mexico), Blossom, Brevard, Great Lakes, Kingston, Rockport, Sedona, and Sarasota. Currently cellist of the Banff award-winning Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, Mr. Calloway was previously a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School. He has collaborated in chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Curtis, Juilliard, and Miami quartets and with principal players of most of the world’s leading orchestras as well as with artists including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Guillermo Figueroa, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Ronald Leonard, Ricardo Morales, Michael Tree, and the Penderecki and Tokyo quartets. Mr. Calloway gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut under the auspices of Artists International and has also been heard in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the 92nd Street Y; in Los Angeles at Disney Hall, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Skirball Center; in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore; in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, the Ethical Society, and the Kimmel Center; and live on NPR, WFMT (Chicago), KMZT (Los Angeles), WQXR (NYC), WFLN (Philadelphia), and on RAI television (Italy). He has recorded for the Bridge, Naxos, and Albany labels.
A devoted advocate of new music, Mr. Calloway has performed with leading ensembles around the world as well as alongside members of Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, and the Arditti and JACK quartets, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble both in New York and abroad. In addition he has made frequent appearances in Philadelphia with Bowerbird, Soundfield, and Network for New Music and in south Florida with NODUS and for FETA and Acoustica 21. Among the hundreds of premieres he has presented are solo and ensemble works of Berio, Knussen, Lachenmann, Pintscher, and Tüür, and he has collaborated intensively with some of today’s most important composers including Birtwistle, Carter, Davidovsky, Dusapin, Henze, Hosokawa, Husa, Franke, Rihm, Roustom, Ueno, and Yannay. As a dedicated supporter of young composers, he has for many years presented concerts of solo cello works newly composed for him, most recently at Harvard, Temple, and Drew universities, and at Spoleto USA gave the premiere of Yanov-Yanovsky’s Hearing Solution for cello and ensemble in addition to recent appearances at Bowdoin College, the College of Charleston, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Calloway has also recently established a partnership with the bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann in the premiere of Helena Tulve’s new quintet at the Pärnu/Järvi Festival and has additionally created a cello and electronics/computer duo with his university colleague, composer Jacob David Sudol.
Mr. Calloway prizes his work with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain, both at the Lucerne Festival and at the Zug (Switzerland) Kunsthaus in Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Serenade as part of a major Kandinsky/Gerstl exhibit, in addition to his collaborations with violinist Gilles Apap, tap dancer Savion Glover, and Cantor Netanel Hershtik. He is artistic director of Shir Ami (www.shiramimusic.com), an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets, and with which he appears frequently across the US and in the group’s varied performances in Austria, Hungary, and Italy. He has also toured Estonia and Serbia in a duo with his wife, violinist Mari-Liis Päkk, which explores the rich contemporary literature for violin and cello. Jason Calloway is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California and his teachers have included Ronald Leonard, Orlando Cole, Rohan de Saram, Lynn Harrell and Felix Galimir, and Luis Biava. Mr. Calloway performs on a 1992 Michèle Ashley cello, a copy of the famous Sleeping Beauty of Montagnana, formerly owned by his teacher, Orlando Cole. Mr. Calloway is a native of Philadelphia.
Jacob David Sudol (b. Des Moines, Iowa, 1980) writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He currently is an Assistant Professor, the Coordinator of Music Technology area, and on the Composition faculty at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his in Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego where his mentor was the Grawemeyer Prize-winning composer Chinary Ung.
Over the last five years some of Jacob Sudol’s mentors have also included John Rea, Alvin Lucier, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, and David Dunn. He has also participated in master classes with Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Fred Lerdahl, and Bent Sørensen.
Jacob Sudol has been commissioned and/or performed by many prestigious ensembles and performers such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Chai Found New Music Workshop, Contemporary Keyboard Society, Little Giant Chinese Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio, FIU Laptop and Electronic Arts (FLEA) Ensemble,pianist Xenia Pestova, cellist Jason Calloway, percussionist Nathan Davis, flutist Carla Rees, the rarescale duo, flutist Solomiya Moroz, pianist and composer Chen-Hui Jen, pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff, clarinetist Krista Martynes, guzheng-performer Yi-Chieh Lai, percussionist Fernando Rocha, percussionist Luis Tabuenca, and pianist William Fried. These works have received numerous domestic and international performances. Jacob Sudol also frequently performs his own works for instruments and electronics in diverse settings such as the Music at the Anthology Festival, Issue Project Room, SEAMUS Conference, Domaine Forget Festival of New Music, Taiwan National Recital Hall, INTER/actions Symposium on Interactive Music, International Computer Music Conference, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Concert Hall in Leipzig Germany, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam, International Society of Contemporary Music New Music Miami Festival, FIU Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art Basel Miami, Cluster Festival of New Music, The Spectrum in New York City, Bowling Green University, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, McGill University, Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, Art Basel Miami, Florida International University, Bangor University, Mills University, Taiwan National Chiao Tung University, the University of California at San Diego, and the wulf in Los Angeles
Jacob Sudol was also a studio research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds from 2007 to 2010. In 2012, Sudol founded a cello/electro-acoustic duo with FIU colleague and cellist Jason Calloway and, since 2010, he has been in a piano/electro-acoustic duo with his wife Chen-Hui Jen. He has also collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski and architect Eric Goldemberg. As a recording engineer and producer Sudol has worked on compact discs that have been or will be released by Mode, Bridge, and Albany Records.