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Jeffrey Zeigler

Brooklyn, NY      

Described by the New York Times as “excellent”, and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone”, Jeffrey Zeigler was 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 over a thousand 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 Fisher 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. He has also given many notable premiers including works by John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), John Corigliano, Mohammed Fairouz, Philip Glass, Henryk Gorecki, Jesse Jones, Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), Vladimir Martynov, Paola Prestini, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Valentin Silvestrov, Peteris Vasks and John Zorn to name a few. Notable collaborations include Andy Akiho, Asha Bhosle, The Bang on a Can All-Stars, jazz pianist Billy Childs, Noam Chomsky, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Helga Davis, Philip Glass, Hauschka, Paul Hillier, Zakir Hussain, Vijay Iyer, David Krakauer, Nine in Nails, the great Azerbaijani singers Alim and Ferghana Qasimov, Afghani Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, Tom Waits and Howard Zinn.


 The 2014/2015 Season will see the release of Zeigler’s first solo album, Something of Life, featuring world premier recordings of works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini and John Zorn. Other highlights of the season also include a number of newly commissioned works by Kyle Bartlett, Derek Charke, Anna Clyne, Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire). Zeigler will also launch a new collaboration with the brilliant Finnish accordion player, Kimmo Pohjonen at the River to River Festival in New York City.


Over the course of his celebrated career, Mr. Zeigler has released over two dozen recordings for Nonesuch Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Cantaloupe 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 Paola Sorrentino’s Academy Award winning film, La Grande Bellezza, as well as Darren Aronofsky’s Golden Globe winning film, The Fountain, featuring music by Clint Mansell and including performances by the Scottish band, Mogwai.


 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. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the Cornish College of the Arts.Zeigler is on the Cello Faculty at Mannes College The New School For Music and has been published on John Zorn’s ARCANA series and is a regular contributor to the blog, CelloBello.

Kara Kemir

This is a work I recorded as a member of the Kronos Quartet that features myself as a soloist.

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