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Jacques Lee Wood

Noted for his “expressive warmth and sensitivity” and “technical ease”, cellist Jacques Lee Wood is gaining attention as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician of the highest caliber.  A versatile artist, Wood’s interest in teaching and research supplements an active performance career that covers a broad range of repertoire and interests: from historically informed performance of the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods to newly composed works.

From a musical family of Korean and European heritage, he began his music studies from a young age – first on the violin, then on the cello. At the age of eleven, just two years after he began studying the cello, he gave his first concerto appearance. Since then, Mr. Wood has traveled the world performing solo, recital, and chamber music concerts, often collaborating with some of the world’s finest musicians.  Most recently, Mr. Wood performed the Haydn C Major Cello Concert on baroque cello with the American Baroque Orchestra, the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Ureuk Symphony at Merkin Hall in New York City.  Other recent, noteworthy performances include a Carnegie Hall recital with the Yale Baroque Ensemble, the Asian premiere of American composer Russell Peck’s Voice of the Wood with the Pohang Symphony Orchestra, a Tokyo debut recital at Sonorium Hall, and lecture-recitals at Yale University, Auburn University, and the University of Connecticut that address issues of historical performance practice in the Beethoven cello sonatas.  2013-2014 concerts include solo recitals throughout the US and Asia and collaborative projects with A Far Cry, Gut Reaction, Juilliard 415, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Bachsolisten Seoul.

He frequently collaborates with many distinguished musicians and groups such as Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Robert Mealy, Jaap Schröder, Juilliard 415, A Far Cry, Firebird Ensemble, and members of the Juilliard, Vermeer, Tokyo, and Keller String Quartets.  He has been a participant at the Banff Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Musical Arts Institute, and the Bari International Music Festival.  Mr. Wood is a principal player with Bachsolisten Seoul, the American Baroque Orchestra, Music at Eden’s Edge, and the grammy-nominated Trinity Baroque Orchestra (New York).

Wood has received top prizes at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and has been the recipient of many awards including, most recently, a research grant from the Yale Council for East Asian Studies.  Other awards include the Aldo Parisot Prize (given to an outstanding young cellist who shows promise for a solo career), the George W. Miles Fellowship, the Francis Kellogg Scholarship, and the Luther Noss Scholarship, to name a few.

Mr. Wood has taught chamber music at the Yale Department of music and Yale School of Music, and from 2011-2013 helped run and develop the early music program at the Yale School of Music alongside the distinguished baroque violinist and early music specialist Robert Mealy. Wood serves on the faculty at the Korea Philharmonic Summer Research Institute, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Summer Academy, and is a frequent guest artist at the Bari International Music Festival, International Musical Arts Institute, and the Manchester-by-the-Sea Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Wood is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University.  He received his Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory of Music under Laurence Lesser and his Master of Music at Yale University under Aldo Parisot.  Wood is an artist with the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.