Jesse Jones



1 July — 21 July 2014 

Jones in residence at Tanglewood as mandolinist for the Festival of Contemporary Music

6 July 2014 

World Premiere of So Eden Sank to Grief  in Seiji Ozawa Hall by Tanglewood Fellows, conducted by Karina Canellakis

24 April 2014 

Jones awarded a reading with the New York Philharmonic under the auspices of the EarShot New Music Readings program of the American Composers Orchestra. Jones’s newest orchestral work, “…innumerable stars, scattered in clusters” will be read on June 3rd.

23 April 2014 (8pm)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center): the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”

10 April 2014 

Jones awarded 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for the creation of a new two-act opera, Martin Eden.

20 & 27 March 2014 

Syracuse & Ithaca, New York: pianist Xak Bjerken gives world premiere of Jones’s solo piano piece, “Ephemera”

16 March 2014 (3pm)

Albuquerque, New Mexico: the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”

23 February 2014 

Jones awarded Creative and Performing Arts Grant from the University of South Carolina (to partially fund the recording of an all-Jones CD with the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin)

21 February 2014 

Eugene, Oregon: Jeff Zeigler & David Riley give world premiere of Jones’s “…neither am I a bloodless angel”

January 2014 

Jones receives Tanglewood Wind Commission

Thailand: violinist Rebecca Hunter & pianist Lynn Kompass give world premiere of  In Dulcet Tones (Payap University, in Chiang Mai)

Juilliard String Quartet takes Jones’s “Whereof man cannot speak…” on tour through Denmark, Germany, & the Netherlands (10 performances in various venues, including Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw)

21 November 2013 (8pm)

Alice Tully Hall: the Juilliard String Quartet plays Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”

30 October 2013

El Paso, TX: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…” 

26 – 28 October 2013

Carmel, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…” 

13 October 2013 (8pm)

Louisville, KY: the Juilliard String Quartet performs Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”

11 October 2013 (8pm)

Indianapolis, IN: the Juilliard String Quartet gives world premiere of  Jones’s String Quartet No.3, “Whereof man cannot speak…”

31 August 2013

Jones begins Assistant Professorship at the University of South Carolina

September 2012 —August 2013

Jones in residency at the American Academy in Rome as Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow

29 May 2013

  • Alter Ego—Villa Aurelia (Rome)—Harmoneis poétiques et religieuses, with Sharon Harms (soprano) and Jesse  Jones (conductor) & Kenneth MeyerRicordanza & Sharon HarmsMargaret, Jesse Jones (piano)

26 May 2013

  • Sharon Harms (soprano) & Kenneth Meyer (guitar)—American Academy in Rome—Los niños

17 May 2013

  • Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—St. Matthäus-Kirche (Berlin, Germany)—ABRAXAS, Jesse Jones (conductor)

17 April 2013

  • Kenneth Meyer—UNLV (Las Vegas, NV)—Ricordanza

13 April 2013

  • Kenneth Meyer—Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza

7 April 2013

  • Kenneth Meyer—Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza

6 April 2013

  • Kenneth Meyer—Hochstein School Auditorium (Rochester, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza

1 April 2013

  • Pulse Chamber Ensemble—Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Symphony Space, NY)—Unisono

30 March 2013

  • Kenneth Meyer—Carrier Theater (Syracuse, NY) as part of “Vision of Sound” series (Society of New Music)—Ricordanza

9 March 2013

  • Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—Villa Aurelia (Rome)—ABRAXAS (Jesse Jones conducting) & Bach Englische Suite Transcription & Snippet Variations

8 March 2013

  • Scharoun Ensemble Berlin—Villa Aurelia (Rome) — Seesaws

18 November 2012

  • Various performers—Villa Aurelia (Rome) as part of “Nuova Consonanza”—Nocturne & Night Music

22 October 2012

  • Pulse Chamber Ensemble—Villa Aurelia (Rome) as part of “Nuovi spazi musicali”—Unisono

20 October 2012

  • counter(induction—Washington Square Contemporary Music Society (Manhattan)—Snippet Variations

8 August 2012

  • Open End Ensemble—Copenhagen (Denmark)—Four Bagatelles

1 August 2012

Jones is commissioned by the Juilliard String Quartet to write a 20-30 minute piece for their 2013-14 season

“I am thrilled and honored to compose a piece for the Juilliard String Quartet.  The depth of their knowledge and devotion to music, old and new, as well as the intent, urgency, and authority with which they play it, has inspired me since my youth.  Much of what I love in music I first discovered in JSQ recordings, and so I take this commission very seriously.

I am especially excited to work again with Joseph Lin, who, through repeat performances of my violin concerto (For a Faded Mind), has championed my music for several years now.  Joseph has inspired me again and again with his masterful playing (especially of Bach), and the care and thought he gives to each note has caused me to rethink my approach to composition.  I am certain my friendship with Joseph will play an important role in the piece I write for the JSQ.

The piece will have five movements, each referencing a certain poetic text, and will explore the spiritual and literal dimensions of religious mysticism and symbolism, as embodied in certain poetry: Yeats, Aquinas, Lamartine, etc.  To achieve this, I intend to wed musical aspects of these texts with luminous microtonal harmonies, in hopes to create a sonic embodiment of their unspoken, spiritual “meaning.”  In other words, I intend to create a sounding board from which the sentiments of the texts, without actually being spoken, can freely resonate in the listener.  For this I plan to transcribe and orchestrate samples of the human voice—inflected speech, sighs, and song—so that the music flows directly from the sinew of genuine human expression.”

- Jesse Jones

Listen to excerpts of Joseph Lin playing Jones’s violin concerto, “For a Faded Mind,” with the Camerata Notturna:

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 27 April 2012

Jones wins the Elliott Carter Rome Prize, which will take him to the American Academy in Rome for the 2012-13 academic year
17 April 2012
Jones is commissioned by cellist Jeff Zeigler and pianist David Riley to write a 10 minute work

15 March 2012

Jones is appointed Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina.  He will be joining the faculty there in the Fall of 2013

20 October 2011

Jones is awarded the Heckscher Foundation Prize in Composition from Ithaca College

27 June – 17 August 2011

Jones is a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts

30 April 2011

World Premiere - Through the Veil, Cornell Wind Ensemble under Cynthia Johnston-Turner
8pm, Bailey Hall – Ithaca, New York
13 April & 15 April 2011
World Premiere Performances - Sing No Songs For Me, Cantori under Bob Cowles
8pm, St. John’s Chapel – Hobart and William Smith Colleges

6 March 2011

World Premiere - Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, The Argento Chamber Ensemble with mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, David Fulmer conducting
8pm, Barnes Hall – Ithaca, New York

18 August 2010

Jones receives a wind ensemble commission from the Barlow Endowment.
11 June 2010
Jones receives the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters