Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The
Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective
of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in
building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers
who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.
Ensemble ACJW fellows-chosen not only for their musicianship, but also for their
leadership qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music
schools in the country, including The Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, The
Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern
California, and Yale School of Music.
Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its
performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of
music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance
venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at
The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le)
Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space
in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble
ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs
community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond,
Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their
artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs.
Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music
Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional
music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities,
and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows
participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the
necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in
their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and
off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to
be a musician in the 21st century.
Visit acjw.org to learn more.
A sought-after artist on the international conducting circuit, Susanna Mälkki's
versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras,
contemporary music ensembles, and opera houses throughout the world. The 2013-2014 season
marks her first season as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and she
was previously the music director of the Ensemble intercontemporain and artistic
director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
This season, Ms. Mälkki returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; as
well as to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI,
and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. She debuts with the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and at the Ravinia Festival with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra,
The Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Mälkki's recent highlights have included performances with the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra (at the Holland Festival), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mostly
Mozart Festival in New York, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,
hr-Sinfonieorchester, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (at
the BBC Proms in 2012), Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.
A renowned opera conductor, Ms. Mälkki made her debut at Teatro alla Scala in April
2011-the first woman to conduct there in the company's history-and returned in January
2014. In spring 2010, she conducted the world premiere of a ballet by Bruno Mantovani at
Opéra national de Paris, where she will conduct Janáček's The Makropulos
Case this season. Other forthcoming opera commitments include a return to Finnish
National Opera, as well as debuts at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Metropolitan
A former student at the Sibelius Academy, Ms. Mälkki studied with Jorma Panula and Leif
Segerstam. Prior to her conducting studies, she had a successful career as a cellist; from
1995 to 1998, she was one of the principals of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.
In June 2010, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London; she is
also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2011, Ms. Mälkki was awarded the
Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland's highest