South Bend Symphony Orchestra
"The soloist for the Elgar concerto, Jay Campbell, was quite a gift to Harada. Campbell is among the most exciting young cellists in the world, and he's already made significant recordings, both as a soloist and as a member of the JACK Quartet. His crystalline tone on the concerto was a marvel in itself, and he wandered through the long solo passages with a cerebral intensity."
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
Weill Recital Hall
"Throughout the adventurous program, it was clear that the prodigious 26-year-old cellist Jay Campbell performs music of our time not out of obligation but because it excites him so much ... Mr. Campbell has a robust sound, though the delicacy in his playing was just as captivating." [Elliott Carter "Figment I"]
NEW YORK TIMES
Kennedy Center recital
"Campbell seized the audience’s attention in a grip that never let go ... once Campbell wraps himself around the cello, you’re willing to follow him anywhere."
Carnegie Hall recital
“The cellist Jay Campbell is part of a generation of young musicians with a fresh center of gravity in its repertory.”
NEW YORK TIMES
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
“Jay Campbell tackled Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto as if born to it. Campbell is already a fine technician, but he left no doubt of his expressive prowess. With a clear, full, transparent sound, he draws in listeners not only with his virtuosic gifts but his ability to closely commune with conductor and orchestra.”
Argento Chamber Ensemble
“Cellist Jay Campbell had a spectacular moment in Lesson 2 [of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip] when he put down his acoustic instrument, took up an electric cello and made like Jimi Hendrix.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES