• What is Ensemble ACJW?

    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 includes music performance at the highest level, partnerships with New York City public schools, residencies at Skidmore College, opportunities to perform in a variety of community settings, and a robust commitment to professional development.

    ACJW e-Brochure

  • ACJW Performance

    Performance

    “The new face of classical music for New York ... these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times.

    This is just one of the many accolades Ensemble ACJW has received for the quality of its performances and 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.
  • Education & Community

    Education and Community

    Ensemble ACJW’s in-school residencies represent one of the largest in-depth collaborations between a cultural institution and the New York City Department of Education.

    Fellows serve as musical resources to schools in all five boroughs of New York City and bring mastery of their instruments as well as a professional performer’s perspective to music classrooms.

    Throughout the season, they participate in community-based performances at multiple non-traditional venues across New York City through Musical Connections, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Fellows also perform each year as part of WMI’s exceptional Neighborhood Concert series.

  • ACJW Fellows

    Fellows

    Every two years, up to 20 of the world’s finest young professional musicians are chosen by application and audition as Ensemble ACJW fellows.

    Chosen 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.
  • Become a Partner School
  • Lead funding for Ensemble ACJW is provided by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

    Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Ernst & Young LLP.

    Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Park Hyatt hotels, and The Wallace Foundation.

    Public support is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Education.

    NYC Department of Education
  • Ensemble ACJW Events

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture

    Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture

    Friday, June 12, 2015 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture


    Past Ensemble ACJW Events

    Friday, October 18, 2013 | 8 PM
    Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

    Program

    • MONTEVERDI Four Madrigals (arr. Raymond Mase)
    • ANDY AKIHO Speaking Tree (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    • ACJW Fanfares
      ·· STUART BRECZINSKI fanfare
      ·· THOMAS BERGERON A Blessing
      ·· DOUG BALLIETT Fan Fare
    • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Monday, October 21, 2013 | 7:30 PM
    Weill Recital Hall

    Program

    • MONTEVERDI Four Madrigals (arr. Raymond Mase)
    • ANDY AKIHO Speaking Tree (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    • ACJW Fanfares
      ·· STUART BRECZINSKI fanfare
      ·· THOMAS BERGERON A Blessing
      ·· DOUG BALLIETT Fan Fare
    • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | 8 PM
    Paul Hall

    Program

    • BACH Sonata sopra il Soggetto Reale from A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
    • DONATONI Blow
    • CARTER Woodwind Quintet
    • GYÖRGY KURTÁG Coups-Querelle
    • GYÖRGY KURTÁG Esquisse pour "Hölderlin" de János Pilinszky
    • BACH Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614 (arr. Kurtág)
    • BACH Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643 (arr. Kurtág)
    • GYÖRGY KURTÁG Hommage à Soproni - In memoriam matris carissime
    • BACH Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687 (arr. Kurtág)
    • BACH Cantata No. 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus) (arr. Kurtág)
    • BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-flat Major, Op. 56b
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    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM
    Zankel Hall

    Program

    • BERIO Folk Songs
    • STEVE REICH City Life
    • BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
    Thursday, January 9, 2014 | 8 PM
    Paul Hall

    Program

    • LIGETI Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet
    • DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
    • SCRIABIN Andante from Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 30 (arr. Thomas Bergeron)
    • FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture

    Program

    • ENCOUNTERS

      REZA VALI Folk Songs, Set No. 9
    • CARTER Au Quai
    • PIAZZOLLA Sleeping and Michelangelo '70 (arr. Ian Sullivan)
    • RAVEL "Assez vif - Très rythmé" from String Quartet in F (arr. Thomas Bergeron)
    • DOUG BALLIETT Subculture Overture (World Premiere)
    • DOUG BALLIETT / THOMAS BERGERON / CLARA LYON / IAN SULLIVAN / TYLER WOTTRICH The Soldier's Tale Reimagined (after Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale) (World Premiere)
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    Friday, February 14, 2014 | 8 PM
    Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

    Program

    • MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452
    • BARTÓK Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
    • R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel - Einmal Anders! (arr. Franz Hasenöhrl)
    • GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS Anachronism (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Friday, February 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    Weill Recital Hall

    Program

    • MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452
    • GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS Anachronism (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    • SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 5 PM
    Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church

    Program

    • BERG Adagio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano from Chamber Concerto
    • BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 8 PM
    Paul Hall

    Program

    • BERG Adagio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano from Chamber Concerto
    • SCHOENBERG String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10
    • BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    Weill Recital Hall

    Program

    • IVES The Unanswered Question
    • JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
    • DAVID LANG pierced
    • COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite for Thirteen Instruments
    Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 1 PM
    Trinity Wall Street

    Program

    • GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS Anachronism (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    • BEETHOVEN Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Friday, April 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    Weill Recital Hall

    Program

    • SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout"
    • GEORGE CRUMB Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos, Volume III)
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 1 PM
    Trinity Wall Street

    Program

    • MONTEVERDI Four Madrigals (ar. Raymond Mase)
    • ANDY AKIHO From the Tree's Perspective (commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    • DVOŘÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture

    Program

    • CONVERSATIONS

      GEORGE BENJAMIN Viola, Viola
    • LIGETI Musica ricercata
    • LIGETI Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
    • ANDY AKIHO LIgNEouS 1
    • BACH Ricercar a 6 from Musical Offering
    • HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Cortege
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    Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 1 PM
    Trinity Wall Street

    Program

    • BACH A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
    • LIGETI Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet (1968)
    • SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8 PM
    Zankel Hall

    Program

    • SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1
    • JUKKA TIENSUU Mora
    • GEORGE BENJAMIN Three Inventions (NY Premiere)
    • JOHN ADAMS Chamber Symphony
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 8 PM
    Paul Hall

    Program

    • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2
    • HINDEMITH Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24
    • BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
    Carnegie Hall Presents
    Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 5 PM
    Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church

    Program

    • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
    • BRAHMS Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Op. 115
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    SubCulture

    Program

    • FAREWELLS

      THOMAS BERGERON Reflection (World Premiere)
    • MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg, completed by Riehn)
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