Mannes Resident Artists
Alongside studying with Mannes' world-class studio and classroom faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists, ensembles, and organizations in residence at Mannes and across the College of Performing Arts.
Hailed by the New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet,” the JACK Quartet is one of the most highly acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to its mission of performing
and commissioning new works, giving voice to neglected composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. The quartet has been selected as Musical America’s 2018 Ensemble of the Year, named to WQXR’s
19 for 19 Artists to Watch, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The JACK Quartet began its tenure as quartet-in-residence in September 2019. As quartet-in-residence at Mannes, JACK Quartet regularly presents concerts and master classes at Mannes. Each member of the quartet coaches chamber ensembles and maintains a private studio at the school. JACK also produces an annual festival, JACK Frontiers Festival, which is designed to amplify new and distinctive voices in music while challenging the norms of concert music.
Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, the JACK Quartet will oversee the new Graduate Resident String Quartet program at Mannes.
Matt Haimovitz is the John Cage Fellow at The New School. He is acclaimed for his tremendous artistry as a solo recitalist and musical visionary — pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, championing new music, and initiating groundbreaking collaborations. Haimovitz’s honors include the Concert Music Award from ASCAP, the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d’Or, and the Premio Internazionale - Accademia Musicale Chigiana. As a Mannes resident artist, he will take part in many activities at Mannes and across the College of Performing Arts, including coaching ensembles, teaching private lessons, and participating in select performances and partnerships with Mannes and New School faculty. Haimovitz serves as the school’s first-ever John Cage Fellow, named in honor of the legendary composer John Cage, who taught at The New School from 1950 to 1960.
Parisian composer and mixed-media artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière has redefined and revolutionized the process of creating art by combining multiple disciplines, including music, philosophy, and mathematical logic. His work has been presented at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles, and Hertz Hall in Berkeley. Barrière has spent several seasons in residence at Mannes, collaborating with co-composer-in-residence Kaija Saariaho and flutist Margaret
Lancaster in a multimedia event for flute and live electronics in the spring of 2017 and building The Art of Change, an interactive, participatory, and generative visual and musical art installation, in the fall of 2018. Another exciting
collaborative project is in the works for spring 2019.
Brandon Patrick George, flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
Mariam Adam, clarinet
Jeff Scott, French horn, composer
Monica Ellis, bassoon, administrative director, and tour manager
Celebrating 20 years of music making, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
In addition to embracing traditional chamber music repertoire, Imani Winds, as a 21st-century ensemble, is committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we live.
As a Mannes resident ensemble, Imani Winds presents regular concerts and masterclasses at Mannes. The Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, an intensive summer program devoted to performance excellence and career development, is hosted by Mannes each year.
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
Michael Newman, guitar
Laura Oltman, guitar
Hailed early on by the New York Times as “fresh, hot and headed for fame,” the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo continues to fulfill that promise with 40 years of international touring, 12 critically acclaimed recordings, and the development of new
works for the ensemble. As a Mannes resident ensemble, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo presents a free annual concert and a master class at Mannes during the year. Newman and Oltman are also artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes,
which welcomes a faculty of renowned guitarists to campus each summer for master classes, ensemble coachings, and faculty concerts and offers many student performance opportunities.