Jessie Montgomery is a New York native violinist, composer and music educator. She is a composer and performer of film, theater and concert music, performing regularly among New York’s classical and new music scenes.
Jessie was a co-founding member of PUBLIQuartet, an ensemble made up of composers and arrangers, featuring their own music as well as that of other New York based composers. She was also a core member of the Providence String Quartet from 2004 - 2009, quartet in residence of Community MusicWorks. Ensemble experiences have lead to collaborations with The Orion String Quartet, The Miro String Quartet, and The Knights. Jessie has also collaborated with several avant-garde artists such as clarinetist Don Byron, Butch Morris and William Parker. She is currently a member of the highly acclamed Catalyst Quartet.
Recently, Jessie has been recognized as an imortant emerging composer by the Sphinx Organization, the Joyce Foundation and the Sorel Organization through generous grants that support and promote her works. Her music is performed regularly by PUBLIQuartet and the Catalyst Quartet, and will appear in sumemr 2014 during the Metis Festival in France. In 2012 she was appointed the Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence. In 2011-2012, Jessie was the Van Lier Composer Fellow at the American Composers Orchestra, with performances of her works for small ensemble showcased throughout New York City in the SONiC Festival, and the Composers OutFront! Series. She was in Residence at the Deer Valley Music Festival under the direction of American composer Joan Tower in 2008 and has served as resident composer for the Providence String Quartet, with performances throughout the Providence and Boston areas. Her music has been premiered by the Vinca Quartet, Providence String Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cassatt Quartet, Catalyst Quartet, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Bachelor’s degree in from The Juilliard School in violin performance. Masters Degree from New York University in Scoring for Film and Multimedia. Teachers and mentors include Sally Thomas, Ann Setzer, Joan Tower, Derek Bermel, Mark Suozzo and Ira Newborn.
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