The American cellist Jay Campbell, who is “artiste étoile” at the 2017 LUCERNE FESTIVAL, was born in 1989 in Berkeley and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. He acquired important experience from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where he performed as a soloist in Boulez’s Messagesquisses and Pli selon pli under the composer’s direction. In 2013 he received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, which engaged him as curator for the “Ligeti Forward” series at the 2016 NY Phil Biennial. Campbell has worked with such composers as Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, and Kaija Saariaho; John Zorn has written more than a dozen works for him. Concert credits include at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Marlboro Festival, and the Heidelberger Frühling. He is part of a piano trio with Stefan Jackiw and Conrad Tao, and he is also a member of the JACK Quartet.