With mounting success in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Jayce Ogren has established a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons.
This summer 2018 included appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Brevard Music Center (NC) and the San Francisco Symphony conducting Dvořák, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Adam Golka and Sibelius’ Second Symphony. Jayce Ogren and pianist Adam Golka made their San Francisco Symphony debuts at the 81st annual Stern Grove Festival with the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto.
Jayce Ogren’s 2018/2019 season features performances with the Santa Rosa Symphony with violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama as soloist in Harold in Italy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra with Barber’s Second Essay, Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Jayce will also offer a Pops Concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and three film evenings conducting the scores to Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (Casa da Musica; Porto, Portugal), John Williams’ ET in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center and Terrence Malick’s documentary Voyage of Time for the Wordless Music Series at the Brooklyn Academy’s Howard Gilman Opera House.
Earlier seasons included return engagements at the Colorado Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and the Dallas, Indianapolis, and Edmonton Symphonies. Jayce’s debuts included the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Terrence Malick’s The Voyage of Time at the Melbourne Festival (Wordless Music project), and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, leading the orchestra with film in Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Ogren’s numerous appearances with Orchestra 2001–collective of adventurous, virtuoso performers striving to engage new listeners through exhilarating concerts, innovative artistic collaborations, and enriching community partnerships in Philadelphia and beyond–featured staged performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Philly Fringe Festival, Steve Mackey’s Slide, in Princeton at the Sound Kitchen, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Jayce and Orchestra 2001 also presented the Philadelphia premiere of the complete Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa. Also in Philadelphia, he lead the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra (December 2017), a work written by Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang for sounds that only broken instruments can make–some 400 of them found in the Philadelphia school system–was played by Orchestra professionals, Curtis Institute and Temple faculty and students plus school kids—350 players arranged in teams around the periphery of the 23rd St. Armory, after which the instruments will be repaired and returned to the schools for future use.
As an opera conductor, Ogren has led the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; the US premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, among others. Jayce Ogren has also established a notable reputation in contemporary music, having led The Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, projects with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) at Lincoln Center, at the Wien Modern Festival, and at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. He has led all-Stravinsky performances with the New York City Ballet and Basil Twist’s production of The Rite of Spring at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
As a composer, Jayce Ogren’s works have been performed at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Brevard Music Center, and the American Choral Directors Association Conference. His Symphonies of Gaia has been performed by ensembles on three continents.