Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, Jay is recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” (New York Times) and “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” (Washington Post). Krzysztof Penderecki recognized Jay for “the greatest performance yet of Capriccio per Siegfried Palm”. A 2016 recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Jay made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013. In 2016 he worked with Alan Gilbert as the Artistic Director for the Ligeti Forward series featured on the Philharmonic’s Biennale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jay was the was Artist-in-Residence at the 2017 Lucerne Festival with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, where he gave the Swiss premiere of Michael Van der Aa's multimedia cello concerto Up-Close, and the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s new concerto with the Cologne Philharmonie and Matthias Pintscher.
Dedicated to introducing audiences to the music of our time, Jay has worked closely with some of today’s most creative musicians including Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and countless others from his own generation. His close association with John Zorn resulted in the release of Hen to Pan (Tzadik), a CD of works written for Jay which was listed in the New York Times year-end Best Recordings of 2015. Other recent releases include George Perle's cello concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot (Bridge), a disc of Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinsky and Pintscher (Victor Elmaleh Collection), and a CD of works commissioned for Jay by David Fulmer (Tzadik).
Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals.