Jonathan E. Bagg

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music

Viola

Office: 
083
Campus Box: 
90665
Phone: 
(919) 660-3331
Office Hours: 
Afternoons by appointment.

Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice at Duke University, and violist of the Ciompi String Quartet. His career with the Ciompi includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the world, as well as many recordings. Currently co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, which he founded in 2012, Bagg also directed the Monadnock Music festival from 2007-2011. He runs the chamber music program and teaches viola at Duke, where he has been Chair in the Music Department and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Solo recitals have brought him to many locations along the East Coast, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and Boston’s Jordan Hall. Festival appearances include the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Highlands, NC, Mohawk Trail, and Castle Hill festivals.

Bagg’s 2014 CD on Albany records, tiled “Elation” brings together several works he commissioned, including a sonata and trio by Duke colleague Stephen Jaffe and a trio by Scott Lindroth, also on the Duke faculty. His other solo CDs are on Centaur and contain music for viola and piano by Robert and Clara Schumann, and by the Viennese composer Robert Fuchs (1847-1927). Contemporary solo works by Arthur Levering, Malcolm Peyton, Robert Ward, and Donald Wheelock are on Bridge, Albany, Centaur and Gasparo Records. Collaborations include many notable musicians, including pianists Menahem Pressler and Bella Davidovich, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and the Tokyo and Borromeo Quartets.

Before coming to Duke he performed with many of New Enlgand’s leading musical organizations, appearing often with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as associate principal of the Handel and Haydn Society, and as principal viola of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with honors from both Yale University (BA) and the New England Conservatory (MM), where he studied with Steven Ansell and Walter Trampler

Education

  • M.Mus. 1984, New England Conservatory of Music
  • B.A. 1982, Yale University

Studies in Relief. Musician. (2001)

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The Ciompi Quartet, Studies in Relief (2001), Pro Organo (CD 7143) (Works for Organ and String Quartet, with Marilyn Keiser, Organ.)

Mark Kuss. Musician. (2000)

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The Ciompi Quartet, Mark Kuss (2000), Gasparo (GSCD 337) ("American Tryptich" for String Quartet.)

Scott Lindroth: Human Gestures. Musician. (1999)

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The Ciompi Quartet, Scott Lindroth: "Human Gestures" (1999), CRI (CD 808) (String Quartet.)

Donald Wheelock: 3 Sonatas. Musician. (1998)

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J.E. Bagg, Donald Wheelock: 3 Sonatas (Spring, 1998), Gasparo (GSCD 316) (Viola Sonata.)

The Music of David Froom. Musician. (1998)

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The Ciompi Quartet, The Music of David Froom (Summer, 1998), Arabesque (Z67 10) (String Quartet.)

Malcolm Peyton: String Quartet, Songs from Whitman, Suite Nocturnale. Musician. (1997)

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J.E. Bagg, Malcolm Peyton: String Quartet, Songs from Whitman, Suite Nocturnale (1997), Centaur (CRC 2327) (Suite Nocturnale.)

The Ciompi Quartet in Concert. Musician. (1997)

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The Ciompi Quartet, The Ciompi Quartet in Concert (1997), VAC High Fidelity Recordings (Mozart, Debussy, Hensel string quartets.)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Musician. (1996)

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The Ciompi Quartet, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1996), Albany (Troy 191) (Piano Quintet.)

Robert Fuchs: Phantasiestücke, Opus 117, Sonate, Opus 86, Trio, Opus 115. Musician. (1996)

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J.E. Bagg, Robert Fuchs: Phantasiestücke, Opus 117, Sonate, Opus 86, Trio, Opus 115 (1996), Centaur (CRC 2278) (Liner notes by Jonathan Bagg.)

The Music of James Bolle. Musician. (1996)

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The Ciompi Quartet, The Music of James Bolle (1996), Gasparo (GS CD 317) (String Quartet No. 1.)

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