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Jeremy Ward

Guest Faculty (Historical Performance)

On Faculty since 2014
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Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a performer of early bass instruments, he is a founding member of the 16th and 17th century brass, wind, and strings ensemble Rook. Rook has performed at the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals. It was also chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshop with L’Arpeggiata. In 2014, the group held a weekend residency at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and released its premier album, Eleven.

Jeremy has also teamed up with Scottish fiddler, Tim Macdonald, to form a historically informed Scottish fiddling duo that has toured internationally. Jeremy also enjoys musicking with other early music ensembles such as Three Notch’d Road and The Newberry Consort, where he has performed with early music luminaries Bruce Dickey, Debra Nagy, Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Tom Zajac. He is also a member of the Newberry Violin Band.

His contemporary music collaborations have included performances with Chicago new music groups Eighth Blackbird and Dal Niente as well as Chicago Opera Vanguard and members of the Pacifica Quartet. He was also a member of the ensemble Oberlin 21, with whom he recorded works of Debussy and Takamitsu with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis on the Telarc label.

Jeremy graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and currently lives in and loves the great city of Chicago.

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
M.M. Violoncello performance and pedagogy, 2010

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
B.M. violoncello performance, 2008