David Jolley, Chair of the Brass Department, has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his “remarkable virtuosity” (New York Times) and been hailed as “a soloist second to none” by Gramophone magazine. He has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and Japan, sustaining an active performance career. A chamber artist of unusual sensitivity and range, Mr. Jolley has frequently collaborated with such groups as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a member of the virtuoso quintet Windscape, Artists in Residence at Manhattan School of Music, and a founding member, now Emeritus, of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured widely and made over two dozen recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label.
A frequent soloist with orchestra, Mr. Jolley has appeared with symphonies across the U.S., including Detroit, Rochester, Memphis, San Antonio, Phoenix, Florida West Coast, New Mexico, and Vermont; internationally, he has appeared with the National Symphony of Brazil in Rio de Janiero, the Kamerata Orchestra of Athens, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Israel Kamerata in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Mr. Jolley most recently performed Joseph Swenson’s Horn Concerto with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Jolley’s keen interest in enlarging the solo horn literature has led to the composition of many new works for him, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto, which Mr. Jolley premiered with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall. Other works composed for Mr. Jolley include Twilight Music by John Harbison, Dust and Shiver by George Tsontakis, and George Perle’s Duos for Horn and String Quartet, premiered by Mr. Jolley and the Orion String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall. He most recently premiered the Concerto for Horn by Lawrence Dillon with the Carolina Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Jolley has performed in many summer festivals, including Marlboro, Sarasota, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Bowdoin, and the Music Academy of the West. He has six solo recordings under the Arabesque label, including Mozart Concerti and Strauss Concerti with the Israel Sinfonietta. Mr. Jolley joined the faculty of Manhattan School of Music in 2011 and is also on the faculty of Mannes College of Music, Stonybrook University, and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.