Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler has joined the Kronos Quartet. He replaces Jennifer Culp, who has performed with the ensemble for the past six years. Zeigler has been appearing with Kronos as guest cellist this summer, but was officially announced as Culp’s replacement last week.
“Playing quartets, and especially new music, is what I have always wanted to do,” said Zeigler. “To have the chance to tour the world with Kronos and to work with so many great composers and musicians is a dream come true.” Zeigler, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Rice University, and was cellist of the Fischoff Award-winning Corigliano Quartet from 1998–2004.
When making the announcement, Artistic Director and first violinist David Harrington characterized Zeigler as “a soulful musician who has amazing energy, pinpoint accuracy, and a passion for the breadth of our work. He just slides naturally right into all the music we’re playing, from Terry Riley to Rahul Dev Burman. We are delighted to welcome Jeff to Kronos.”
In the 2005/06 season, the quartet will present several world premieres, including Gorecki’s String Quartet No. 3, and, later in the season, works by Gabriela Frank, Peteris Vasks, Walter Kitundu, Michael Gordon, Alexandra du Bois, Dan Visconti, Glenn Branca, J. G. Thirlwell, Tanya Tagaq, Matmos, and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.