For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,

Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin & Jay Campbell, cello

January 23 & 24, 2020, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall

Kopatchinskaja high-res photo | Campbell high-res photo

Kopatchinskaja video preview | Campbell video preview

Celebrity Series Press Room 

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Jay Campbell on Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, 2020, at 8pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The 2019-20 Debut Series is generously sponsored by Harriet & David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.

Remaining tickets start at $45 and are available online at, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at Longy’s Pickman Hall Box Office, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.

This performance will be the Celebrity Series debut for both Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Jay Campbell.

Born into a Moldavian family of popular folk musicians and later a student of violin and composition in Vienna and Bern, Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs a truly wide range of music. Dubbed as the wild child of the violin, “Pat Kop” is known as much for the passion and virtuosity of her playing as for her idiosyncratic trademark of playing barefoot. Now a megawatt star in high demand in Europe, Kopatchinskaja will be joined by her frequent collaborator Jay Campbell in a diverse duo program for her Boston recital debut. Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” Campbell has already forged a reputation as a spellbinding artist. 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja has played with most of the important European orchestras, including the Vienna, Berlin, and London philharmonics. She regularly plays in Japan and Australia, and recently also has had engagements in the Unites States, South America, Russia, and China. She has ongoing collaborations with several world-renowned conductors. Kopatchinskaja's experience as a leader of ensembles and chamber orchestras includes a tour with Britten Sinfonia, repeated tours with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra and being an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2014.

She has won numerous awards, including her first in 2000 with first place in the International Henryk Szeryng Competition in Mexico and most recently in 2019 with the Würth-Prize of the Jeunesses Musicales in Germany. In 2018, Kopatchinskaja won a Grammy Award in the category of Best chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance for her album Death & The Maiden with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic creative interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new music with the same curiosity and commitment.

The only musician ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants — in 2016 as a soloist, and again in 2019 as a member of the JACK Quartet — Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013 and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic director for Ligeti Forward, a series featured on the New York Philharmonic Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2017, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Lucerne Festival along with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, later appearing together in recital at New York's Park Avenue Armory and the Ojai Music Festival. Adjacent to his performing life, he was invited to be co-curator in 2019 with composer John Adams for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series.


Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Jay has worked with some of the most creative musicians of our recent time including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, and many others from his own generation. His close association with John Zorn resulted in the 2015 release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik) featuring all works written for Campbell, and was listed in the New York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. Deeply committed as a chamber musician, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet as well as the JCT Trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao.

Program will feature works by Ravel, Kodaly, Widmann, Xenakis, Ligeti, and more.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2019-20 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others.