Jeffrey Krieger, Principal, Cello
Jeffrey Krieger has been principal cellist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, chamber musician and soloist since 1979. He has also been for more than two decades among the new generation of solo recitalists who have incorporated technology – the computer and video – as well as an electric cello built by Vermont craftsman, Tucker Barrett into performance. Mr. Krieger’s goal has always been to collaborate and perform on the electric cello in many new and interesting ways, thus creating a unique repertoire for the instrument. He has received numerous national awards for this work among which a prestigious 1993 Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts which allowed extensive touring in the USA, a 1996 State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship for work in multi-media, as well as awards from the Canada Council, the Roberts Foundation Creation of New Work Initiative, New England Foundation for the Arts, and American Composers Forum.
Mr. Krieger has performed at prestigious venues, music schools and conservatories, museums, and international music festivals across the US and abroad. Past performances of note have been as featured soloist with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater and the Saratoga Festival, a solo recital of music by Lithuanian composer, Osvaldas Balakauskas sponsored by the American-Lithuanian Society of New York at Merkin Concert Hall, and a performance of Videocello at the Kennedy Center. He has been a frequent performer and guest lecturer at educational institutions such as the Cincinnati Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Conservatorium of Music, Hobart, Tasmania. Performances at international music festivals have included the Boston Cyberarts Festival; International Festival of Electronic Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven; Subtropics Festival, Miami International University; New Directions Cello Festival at the Knitting Factory, New York City; Ebeltoft Festival, Denmarck. In 2000 he was soloist on the electric cello with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and in 2001 performed composer Robert Carl’s A Wide Open Field for electric cello with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. In 2007 and 2008 he served as Cultural Ambassador to India performing concerts of American music sponsored by the US Embassy which included performances at the American Center Auditoriums of New Delhi and Mumbai.
More recently, in the spring of 2018 Mr. Krieger was featured in a new multi-media opera for soprano, electric cello and soundscape, Backwards From Winter by composer, Douglas Knehans at Symphony Space in New York City. Later in October he was invited to perform at the College Music Society Convention in Vancouver where he performed Old Badman for electric cello and computer by Arthur Hernandez.
Mr. Krieger’s collaborations have been with renowned composers Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Kaija Saariaho, Donald Erb, and Alvin Lucier, as well as numerous emerging composers. Having significant music software programming skills, his own computer software designed, interactive video improvisation, Videocello, was chosen in 2001 by American Composers Forum to be included on their touring program, Sonic Circuits. This resulted in a performance of Videocello at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Other cutting-edge projects have included Reliquary of Labor, the parallel media collaborative project with video artist, Gene Gort and composer, Ken Steen, commissioned by the Roberts Foundation to celebrate the new wing of the Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, premiered on November 26, 2006 with subsequent performances in India in 2008 and at Boston’s Cyberarts Festival in 2009; a computer software designed, interactive mandala for composer, Pauline Oliveros’s Portrait of Jeffrey; and in 1998 he collaborated with Austrian composer, Karlheinz Essl by way of the internet on Amazing Maze, a work that uses an interactive computer program which challenges the performer to improvise, with performances at the Schoemer-Haus and Alte Schmiede Museums in Vienna, Austria, and at the Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College.
Mr. Krieger has recorded numerous electric cello works for New World Records, Vienna Modern Masters, Capstone, Innova, O.O. Discs and Ablaze Records. A recording of the late Donald Erb’s Suddenly It’s Evening on New World Records received rave reviews from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Fanfare Magazine. Night Canticle by Douglas Knehans, available on Ablaze Records, has received critical acclaim from the Audiophile Audition Web Magazine. CDs and downloads are available at Amazon and iTunes, and can also be heard on Pandora.
Mr. Krieger has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music. His cello mentors have included Don Moline of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, David Wells, Jacqueline duPre, Channing Robbins and Aldo Parisot.