Cellist Jillian Blythe is a dynamic and versatile NY artist lauded for her "haunting and dramatic" performance. An avid proponent of classical, contemporary, electronic, and free music, she is sought after for her impassioned playing and ability to span multiple genres with ease. Ms. Blythe, who is also a member of The Phoenix Symphony, performs extensively as a soloist and chamber player, appearing in popular venues across the US such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, and produces evening-length programs that combine the aesthetics and repertoire of classical and new music, improvisation, and electronics.
Recent programs include Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet For the End of Time, György Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Solo Cello, J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 and 3, and several premiers of new and original works for solo and chamber players. While pursuing a degree at the Manhattan School of Music(09’), Ms. Blythe co-founded the pre-existing Aiana String Quartet. The Aiana SQ went on to hold residency positions at San Diego State University in 2010 and University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and was awarded the Coleman-Barstow prize at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition in 2010. They also participated in The Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, The Aspen Institute for Advanced Quartet Studies, and were featured at the Naxos NonClassical Showcase event at the 2012 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.
While in residence at University of Texas, Ms. Blythe was awarded First Prize in the University of Texas Concerto Competition and performed Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights include the premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and a recent collaboration with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky, premiering his newest work ‘Peace Symphony’ in Seattle, Texas, and Pennsylvania. In 2015, Ms. Blythe was commissioned to compose the music for a modern dance piece entitled ‘Remédios’, which was premiered at the Gowanus Arts + Production showcase in Brooklyn, New York.
An advocate for multi genre development, Ms. Blythe is the executive and artistic director of Love Every Note.
The performance series (founded in 2014) presents programs on a regular basis, delving into the experimental world of multi-genre performance, as well as bringing to light possibilities for the development of musical expression within the traditional art form of chamber music. For the 2016 season, ‘Love Every Note’ will donate proceeds from our events to organizations working towards peace and against gun violence. Additionally, Ms. Blythe is a member of the Nouveau Classical Project and is pursuing the development of two new collaborative projects; an ongoing collection of traditional and original works for solo cello re-imagined and transformed with dance, and a newly formed trumpet and cello duo - LILT - which explores elements of contemporary, classical, and improvised music.