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.
“The new face of classical music for New York ... these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times.
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.
Every two years, up to 20 of the world’s finest young professional musicians are chosen by application and audition as Ensemble ACJW fellows.
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, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, EGL Charitable Foundation, Leslie and Tom Maheras, the Music for Youth Fund, Andrew and Margaret Paul, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, The Wallace Foundation, and The Renova Group of Companies.
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.