MKI Artists is a full-service artist representation agency managing classical musicians. Helmed by John Zion – who took ownership of the firm in 2015 – our experienced team directs the careers of a select group of artists.
MKI Artists seeks to support classical music by energetically and empathetically representing a select roster of the world’s best musicians. We cultivate long-term personal relationships with our artists and performing arts organizations throughout the world to help achieve artistic, professional, and personal success. We want to ensure that MKI Artists thrives as a business so that classical music remains a vital art form, so its practitioners receive the support they need, and so this music will be enjoyed by an always growing audience. Learn more
We’re excited to announce that in the 2019-20 season, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will welcome the composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery as its first-ever Artistic Partner. Her post includes taking part in Orpheus' educational initiatives throughout the season and having two works premiered by Orpheus in concert: the world-premiere of Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations on the season-opening concert September 26 at Carnegie Hall, and a reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op. 37a, co-arranged with Jannina Norpoth, to be performed in January 2020.
Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Their luminous sound and exceptional musicianship set them apart, along with their fearless approach to repertoire. This summer, the Parker completed its second summer in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada coaching top young ensembles and explored Erich Korngold works for ensemble at the Bard Festival. The two works – his sextet and piano quintet – are orchestral and even cinematic in scope, perfect for the Parker.
This summer the Miró Quartet’s longtime friend Kevin Puts completed his fantastically unusual second quartet for the group, “Home”; the work had its premiere at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. The work was inspired and informed by the refugee crisis in Europe, and raises questions of who belongs where and what the idea of ‘home’ means to all of us.
I’m delighted to welcome the composer Jessie Montgomery to the roster at MKI Artists. One of the most unique artistic voices of our time, her profoundly impactful music overflows with energy, color, and life. We are thrilled to begin work as the exclusive representative for Jessie’s commissions and appearances as a composer. Just a few of her upcoming commissions include major works for the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the Imani Winds.
Two of the hottest young artists performing today – cellist Andrei Ioniță and violinist William Hagen – teamed up at the Aspen Music Festival to play the Brahms Double Concerto with conductor Scott Terrell and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by stunning trios with the elegant pianist Anton Nel which was "one of the most invigorating half-hours of the season." In their free time they hung out, hiked in the perfect weather, and played with Will’s hysterically violin-hating dog Zuzu.
The irrepressible Gryphon Trio performed from the southern border of the United States to the northern border during July, first offering a barnburner of a program at Arizona State University and then a series of collaborative and trio performances at the jaw-dropping Tippet Rise in Montana. The performances perfectly encapsulated the Gryphon’s repertoire, with both the genre-defining Ravel Piano Trio and a new work by a fellow Canadian. On the way from Arizona to Montana the Trio took a detour to the Grand Canyon; once at Tippet Rise they found other kinds of beauty in the Art Center’s stunning sculptures and eight pristine Steinway Ds to choose from.