Cellist James Jaffe loves connecting with audiences, colleagues, and composers through music. He has performed solos with CityMusic Cleveland, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Stockton Symphony. Chamber music appearances have seen him at the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute in Manhattan, Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, and Switzerland and France on concert tours.
Recent chamber music appearances have taken him through Switzerland and France on concert tours, to the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar in Manhattan, to Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, to the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and frequently to Groupmuses in San Francisco, including a sold-out performance of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden at San Francisco’s first Massivemuse.
Recognizing the immediate need for musical connections during the coronavirus pandemic, James created and performed a series of eight cello livestreams in April 2020. Since then he has worked on quarantine-era projects with many longtime friends and collaborators: livestreams with the Sierra Quartet, violinist Mélanie Clapiès, and visual artist Peggy Gyulai; hybrid events with Classical Revolution and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival; live outdoor performances with Concerts in the Park; and new video projects with One Found Sound. James serves as artistic director of Festival Rolland, a summer chamber music festival in Burgundy, France. He is also an enthusiastic interpreter of new music and passionate about sharing music with the next generation by teaching at the Crowden School and the California Music Preparatory Academy, among others. For more information see jamesjaffecello.com.
Peter Jaffe has served as the Stockton Symphony’s music director since 1995, fostering artistic growth and bringing dynamic energy to the podium. He has spearheaded many world premiere commissions and earned prestigious awards and national recognition for innovations in educational programming and distinguished cultural contributions.
Mr. Jaffe also conducts the Folsom Lake Symphony and has guest-conducted the New Mexico, Flagstaff, and Long Beach Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento and Virginia Symphonies, and many other orchestras and music festivals across the country. Mr. Jaffe conducted and taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Oberlin Conservatory, and Stanford University. He served as the Stockton Opera’s music director for nearly two decades, he conducted the Auburn Symphony for nine years, and he teaches every summer at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. Many of his performances have been broadcast nationally and viewed extensively online. Read more at https://stocktonsymphony.org/about-us/conductor-musicians/.