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Research Interests for Jonathan E. Bagg

Research Interests: Ciompi Quartet, Viola and Chamber Music

Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice, a member of the Ciompi String Quartet, and Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts, a classical series he recently founded in New Hampshire. His career with the Ciompi includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and abroad, in Europe, China, Israel, and South America, as well as over a dozen recordings. Musicians he has performed with include pianists Bella Davidovich, Menahem Pressler and James Tocco, cellist Ronald Leonard, The Tokyo Quartet, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. His work outside the Ciompi Quartet as a solo violist and chamber musician is distinguished by his interest in bringing new and unfamiliar works to life, including many pieces written for him. In reviews of his solo playing, The Washington Post has noted his “total confidence, rock-solid technique and a deep sensitivity,” while American Record Guide hailed him as “an excellent violist who approaches the music with intelligence, passion, and clarity.”

Solo concerts have brought him to places such as the Phillips Gallery in Washington DC, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Manchester, New Hamphsire’s Currier Gallery. Concerto appearances include the Pioneer Valley Symphony in Massachusetts, the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Highlands Chamber Music Festival, and the Mohawk Trail and Castle Hill festivals. Bagg’s two solo CDs contain music for viola and piano by Robert and Clara Schumann and by Robert Fuchs (1847-1927), on the Centaur label. Contemporary solo works by Malcolm Peyton, Donald Wheelock, Robert Ward and Arthur Levering are on Centaur and Gasparo, and Bridge Records. Bagg directs the chamber music program and teaches viola at Duke University, where he has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music.  From 2007-2011 he was co-Artistic Director of the MonadnockMusic festival. Before moving to Duke he performed with many of New England’s most prominent musical organizations, appearing often with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and serving as principal viola for the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with honors from both Yale University (BA) and the New England Conservatory (MM), where he was a student of Walter Trampler.

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Representative Publications
  1. Ciompi Quartet, String Quartets of Paul Schoenfield (Winter, 2008) [abs]
  2. J.E. Bagg, Music of Robert and Clara Schumann (2002), Centaur (CRC 2581) (R. Schumann: Märchenbilder, op 113, Fantasiesücke op. 73, Adagio and Allegro op. 70, Fairy Tales; C. Schumann: Three Romances, op. 22. Liner notes by Jonathan Bagg.)

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