• 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


    “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


    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, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr. 

    Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, and Park Hyatt Hotels.

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

    NYC Department of Education
  • Ensemble ACJW Events

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 1 PM
    Trinity Wall Street


    • 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



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


    • 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


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


    • 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


    • 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



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