Oboist Jacqueline Leclair, one of the United States’ foremost interpreters of new music, resides in New York City and is a member of Alarm Will Sound and Sequitur. She has presented solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and Europe, and can frequently be heard performing with New York City ensembles such as Sospeso, Ensemble 21 and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band.
Ms. Leclair specializes in the study and performance of new music. She has premiered many works and regularly presents classes in contemporary music and its techniques at schools such as UCLA, the Eastman School of Music, Brigham Young University, the North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of California San Diego. She is on the faculty at Montclair State University, Hofstra University and Mannes College.
Ms. Leclair has recorded extensively, receiving critical acclaim in particular for her premiere recording of Roger Reynolds’ Summer Island. Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza VIIa Supplementary Edition by Jacqueline Leclair” is published by Universal Edition Vienna, and her recording of the work is on Mode #161/3, Berio: The Complete Sequenzas.
The New York Times has reviewed Ms. Leclair’s performances as “astonishing” and as having “electrifying agility,” and the New Yorker has referred to Ms. Leclair as “lively” and “wonderful.”
Ms. Leclair studied at the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook where she earned a Bachelor of Music, Performer’s Certificate, Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts. Her teachers included Richard Killmer and Ronald Roseman.