Described by the New York Times as “excellent”, Jeffrey Zeigler has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons. One of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, Zeigler has performed thousands of concerts worldwide, has premiered over 200 works and has collaborated with many of the world’s most versatile and innovative composers and performers. In the process, Zeigler has played an integral role in redrawing the boundaries of the string quartet medium.
Zeigler has been the recipient of the Avery Fischer Prize, the Polar Music Prize, the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recorded Arts and the Chamber Music America Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award among others.
Notable premiers include pieces by John Adams, Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Vladimir Martynov, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Valentin Silvestrov and Peteris Vasks to name a few. Notable collaborations include Asha Bhosle, The Bang on a Can All-Stars, jazz pianist Billy Childs, Noam Chomsky, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Philip Glass, Paul Hillier, Zakir Hussain, the great Azerbaijani singers Alim and Ferghana Qasimov, Afghani Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Tom Waits and Howard Zinn.
Mr. Zeigler has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Royal Danish Radio Symphony, the Basel Symphonie, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Sioux City Symphony and has performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Sir Roger Norrington, Mstislav Rostropovich, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, John Adams and Dennis Russell Davies.
Over the course of his celebrated career, Mr. Zeigler has released over a dozen recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon and Smithsonian Folkways and has appeared with Norah Jones on her album “Not Too Late” on Blue Note Records. Zeigler can also be heard on the film soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky’s film, “The Fountain” featuring music by Clint Mansell and including performances by the Scottish band, Mogwai.
This coming season will see Zeigler begin a variety of new projects and collaborations. Highlights include the commissioning and premiere of new works for cello by Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner, Mohammed Fairouz, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry, among others. Many of these works will appear on his first solo album, on Innova Records (release date TBA).
This summer, Zeigler will play two concerts at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City and will also premiere a new collaboration led by the innovative German pianist, Hauschka. In June, he will premiere a cello concerto by Scott Good with the Vancouver-based jazz band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra. Zeigler has also begun new collaborations with the celebrated pianist Alessio Bax, and will debut a new group with Vijay Iyer next year.
Previous to joining Kronos, from 1998-2004 he was the cellist of the award winning Corigliano Quartet. In his first season with the quartet, the group captured the Grand Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming. Over the years the Corigliano Quartet made a number of recordings that were released on Albany, CRI and Naxos. The quartet also served as the Lisa Arnhold String Quartet-In-Residence at The Juilliard School as well as holding other residencies at Indiana University at Bloomington and at Dickinson College.
Since 2001 Zeigler has performed frequently with the interdisciplinary multimedia group VisionIntoArt (VIA). This New York-based ensemble is directed by composer Paola Prestini and is comprised of many of the city’s most compelling artists all working together to create exciting programs that brim with artistic and intellectual virtuosity. VisionIntoArt has concertized regularly throughout New York City and Europe. Recently, Zeigler was appointed as the Music Director of VisionIntoArt. In collaboration with VIA, Mr. Zeigler has been involved in creating new video with filmmaker Davide Faggiano for Michael Gordon’s dramatic work for solo cello, “Industry”, and new media for Felipe Perez Santiago’s cello cycle, Glaub, which premiered at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.
Jeffrey Zeigler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester where he was a student of Stephen Doane, and a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he served as the Teaching Assistant for Paul Katz. He then continued his studies at Indiana University under Janos Starker. Mr. Zeigler has also studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England where he was a pupil of William Pleeth and Zara Nelsova.
From 2002-2003 Zeigler served as the Cellist-in-Residence at Texas Christian University and this season will be a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon. He is a regular contributor to the blog, CelloBello. In fall 2013, Zeigler will also begin teaching cello at the Mannes College The New School For Music. in New York City.
Jeffrey Zeigler is a native of Fremont, California. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and son and he enjoys watching soccer matches and has never acquired the ability to say no to a great meal with friends.