Artistic Director & Conductor
One of a younger generation of conductors dedicated to new and recent repertoire, Jeffrey Means has emerged as a prominent figure in contemporary music.
Based in Boston, Means has conducted many of the city's new music ensembles, including the Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and others. He has also frequently led ensembles in New York, including the Talea Ensemble and Mimesis Ensemble. Means is the conductor and artistic director of Sound Icon, whose performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ In Vain was named the best contemporary music performance of 2012 by the Boston Globe. Means has been honored to work closely with some of the most significant composers of our time, including Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pierre Boulez, Pierluigi Billone, Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey, Chaya Czernowin, and others.
Jeffrey has conducted in numerous music festivals here and abroad. In 2008, he led the opening concert of the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music, and in 2010 he led the first concert of the Celebrating Boulez festival, which included the composer’s seminal Le marteau sans maître. Jeffrey has twice served as conductor of the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music in Auvillar, France, has conducted the Composit Festival in Rieti, Italy, and the Musica AntiquaNova Foundation International Festival in Argentina. In 2013, Means led the Fromm Concerts at Harvard University, a two-concert series that centered on Elliott Carter’s seminal Double Concerto. Later this year, he will be featured as a conductor and percusionist at the Espoo Festival in Finland.
In 2009, Means was one of two conductors invited to study with Pierre Boulez in Lucerne, Switzerland. There, he learned Boulez’s electro-acoustic masterwork, Repons. Means was invited back to study with Boulez again in 2011. He has since had a close relationship with Boulez's music, and has led many of the major works in his catalog. Means will return to the Lucerne Festival from 2015 to 2017 to serve as conductor of the Roches Young Comissions project.
Means is on the conducting faculty at the Berklee College of Music. He holds a BM in percussion and an MM in conducting from New England Conservatory. At NEC, he received the John Cage Award, the Tourjee Alumni Award, and was given the Gunther Schuller Medal at his graduation. He has recordings available on Albany, Mode, New World, Navona, Naxos, and Tzadik records.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeffrey Means (ex officio)
Diana Marcela Rodriguez,
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