A classical guitarist noted for his unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique, Jay Sorce has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Germany as soloist and chamber musician. Highlight appearances include performances at the Long Island Guitar Festival, Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Tuckamore Festival, Brooklyn’s UNPLAY festival, the East Bank concert series, and at New York’s Staller Center for the Performing Arts where his solo recital was hailed as “simply brilliant” (Jerry Willard).
Jay is a founding member Hypercube, an ensemble of guitar, piano, percussion and saxophone, and of Sorce/Lodge Duo, a piano and guitar duo. Jay is the faculty guitarist with nief-norf, the contemporary music organization and summer festival. A strong advocate for new music, Jay is committed to expanding the role of guitar as a chamber instrument. He champions the music of living composers and has premiered/commissioned new works by Eric Wubbles, Nicholas Deyoe, Christopher Adler, Christopher Cerrone, David Lang, and Juan Trigos among others.
Recent performances include several solo and ensemble appearances around the US, notably an ensemble residency at Cincinnatti College-Conservatory of Music, concerts in Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh at the Andy Warhol Museum, a tour of Atlantic Canada, the Equilibrium Festival, and a concerto performance of Luca Francesconi’s A Fuoco with Ensemble/Parallax.
Past concerto appearances include a performance of Malcolm Arnorld’s Guitar Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Guanajuato, a Mexican premiere, and Juan Trigos’ Guitar Concerto No. 1; Ricercare VI with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.
Jay is a recipient of the Toccata Award from the Aaron Brock Foundation, the Manhattan School of Music Excellence Award, as well as full-tuition scholarships from the University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University.
Jay is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is a faculty member at SUNY Suffolk,