web analytics
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Jason DucklesCellist Jason Duckles has an active life as a soloist and chamber musician. This season, in addition to touring the United States as a member of the Amelia Piano Trio, Jason performed with Yo-Yo Ma in concerts throughout Central Asia.

Jason has received numerous awards for his chamber collaboration, such as grand prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and top prize in the Munich ARD International Competition. Jason is a founding member of the Amelia Piano Trio, the Milwaukee String Quartet, and East Meets West, a quintet that explores the cross-influence of Asian and Western music. He has also been a member of the Avalon String Quartet and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has appeared frequently as the cellist for the Mark Morris Dance Group which tours throughout the United States and Europe.

The Amelia Piano Trio has enjoyed a busy performance schedule since forming in 1997. One of the brightest young groups in America, the trio was honored as Grand Prize Winner in the 2001 Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition and as the 2003 recipient of Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The trio has performed over 100 concerts in North America and abroad, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Ravinia (Chicago), La Jolla (California), and every season for the St. Barthelemy International Music Festival in the French West Indies.

Dedicated to music of our time, Jason has commissioned works from many composers, including Pulitzer Prize Winner John Harbison (for his first full-length Piano Trio) and Augusta Read Thomas. He has collaborated with artists such as Ida Kavafian, Lucy Shelton, Gilbert Kalish, and Phil Setzer, and can be heard on the labels New Tangent, Channel Classics, Koch, Global Crossings, and Cedille Records.

While a young Oregonian, Jason studied with cellist Hamilton Cheifetz and played in the Corvallis Youth Symphony. In December 2002, he returned to participate and to solo in CYS’s gala 20th Reunion concert. He and Anthea have also performed here several times with the Youth Symphony, including a recent performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto. Since 2003 their internationally admired Amelia Piano Trio has often been presented in the Chamber Music Corvallis series.

Once again in the Willamette Valley, Jason also loves the Oregon Coast, particularly the sand dunes outside of Florence. He and Anthea are teaching, coaching, and raising their daughters in Corvallis. Following several years as conductor of the excellent Eugene Youth Symphony, Jason holds faculty positions at OSU and Willamette University. With violist Kenji Bunch and pianist Monica Ohuchi — who have also returned to Oregon — he and Anthea have formed the Thunder Egg Consort.