Jack Quartet

The American JACK Quartet was founded in 2003 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The ensemble’s name comes from the first letter of each member’s first name: John Pickford Richards (viola), Ari Streisfeld (second violin), Christopher ...

The American JACK Quartet was founded in 2003 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The ensemble’s name comes from the first letter of each member’s first name: John Pickford Richards (viola), Ari Streisfeld (second violin), Christopher Otto (first violin), and Kevin McFarland (cello). The JACK Quartet focuses in particular on contemporary music and have studied with the Arditti and Kronos Quartets, and musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain. They work closely with the leading composers of today including Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, James Dillon, and Beat Furrer to name a few. The JACK Quartet has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; they have appeared at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Biennale in Venice, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. From 2012 to 2014 the four players will work closely with Maurizio Pollini as part of the Pollini Perspectives series: following its premiere in Lucerne, the series will also be heard at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin and during the summer of 2013 they will be the quartet in residence at the Lucerne Festival. An important component of the JACK Quartet’s work is devoted to young composers and instrumentalists, which has included workshops, masterclasses and residencies at universities and conservatories throughout the United States.