ACME Members

Clarice Jensen

Artistic Director & Cellist

Brooklyn-based cellist Clarice Jensen brings the same genuine excitement and commitment to performing music of any genre or style, from the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach, to new music by Elliott Carter or Steve Reich, to her many rock and experimental collaborations.

In addition to leading ACME, Clarice performs with indie rock band Ra Ra Riot. Skilled at improvising and creating original string arrangements, she has also performed with pop and rock musicians including Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, The National, Grizzly Bear, !!!, Owen Pallett, My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden), Dustin O'Halloran, Shudder to Think, and Jóhann Jóhannsson live in concert as well as on MTV Unplugged, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live. She has recorded with The Arcade Fire, Tift Merritt, Sean Lennon, Ratatat, Hole, Tyondai Braxton, Doveman, Jónsi, Nico Muhly, and many more.


Clarice performed the U.S. premiere of Guo Wenjing's Concertino for Cello and Ensemble as part of the Lincoln Center Festival; the world premiere of Dimitri Yanov-Yanovsky's Hearing Solution as part of the Silk Road "Artist in Residence" program; the U.S. premiere of Roger Reynold's Process and Passion; the world premiere of Donald Martino's Rhapsody; and the U.S. premiere of Kevin Volans’ Shiva Dances. A student of Joel Krosnick, Clarice completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at The Juilliard School.

Caleb Burhans


Ubiquitous with New York’s contemporary music scene, Caleb Burhans is a highly sought after composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and singer who is a member of ACME, Alarm Will Sound, Escort, itsnotyouitsme, knights on earth, Newspeak and the Wordless Music Orchestra. In 2009 he received an Annenberg Foundation grant, which led to his debut album, Evensong on Cantaloupe Records. In the fall of 2011 he gave the American premiere of Nico Muhly’s electric violin concerto, Seeing Is Believing.  Burhans has collaborated with composers Steve Reich, John Adams, George Crumb, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, David Lang and Gavin Bryars, to name a few. 

Caroline Shaw


Caroline Shaw, originally from North Carolina, is a musician appearing in many guises. She won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, and performs primarily as violinist with ACME and as vocalist with Roomful of Teeth. She has also worked with the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Alarm Will Sound, Wordless Music, Ensemble Signal, AXIOM, The Yehudim, Victoire, Opera Cabal, the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, the Oracle Hysterical, Red Light New Music, the Yale Baroque Ensemble, and in collaboration with tUnE-yArDs, Glasser, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, John Cale, Max Richter, and Steve Reich. Caroline's original music has been described as “a tour de force of vocal mischief-making” (John Schaefer, eMusic) and “vaguely sexual” (Pitchfork). Her works have been performed by Roomful of Teeth, So Percussion, ACME, and the Brentano Quartet. Caroline has been a Yale Baroque Ensemble fellow and a Rice University Goliard fellow (fiddling in Sweden), and she was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship, to study historical formal gardens and live out of a backpack. She lives in New York.

Ben Russell


Ben Russell, violinist, vocalist and songwriter, has an unmistakable passion for music. The Hilly Town Press describes his unique intensity saying, “[Ben Russell], the fiddle player, was like none I’ve ever seen.” A native of San Diego, Ben moved to New York City in 2006 to form the Bryant Park Quartet. The energetic string quartet specializes in creating diverse programs that contrast historical masterpieces with contemporary works. They also enjoy performing originals and arrangements of folk tunes, rock songs and Renaissance music. The BPQ emphasizes outreach wherever they go and have been established as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Stony Brook Pre-College for the past three years. In addition to his quartet, Ben is a member of ACME, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. His work in NYC has led him to collaborate with such musicians as Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Low, Arcade Fire, John Cale, and Paul McCartney. 


In 2012, Ben released his first solo album featuring original compositions for his voice and violin, recorded live in Astoria, NY. Ben’s studies include a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor’s degree from Biola University, and one year at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. All his studies were in violin performance.


Laura Lutzke


Violinist Laura Lutzke enjoys a musically versatile career, with a passion for solo playing, chamber music and new ways of making music. Born in 1987 and raised in New York, she served as Concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony from 2004 to 2007. Her playing has been described as "liquid, radiant and shimmering, with beautifully played solo lines" by The New York Times.


As a soloist, Laura's most recent performances have been with the Santa Fe Pro Musica chamber orchestra and the Parahyangan Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Indonesia. She has given recitals at numerous venues and festivals worldwide including the Bowdoin, Caramoor, Great Mountains and Holland Music Sessions international music festivals, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in the UK, Klavierhaus in New York City, and the Lausanne Academy in Switzerland.


Laura earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Lewis Kaplan, and she has most recently completed a second postgraduate course in Violin Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She performs on an 1822 violin made by Pierre Pacherele, on a generous loan from The Christophe Landon Rare Violins Collection.

Nadia Sirota


"A one-woman contemporary-classical commissioning machine," (Pitchfork) violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing solo works from the likes of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and Missy Mazzoli. Her debut album First Things First was released in 2009 on New Amsterdam Records and named a record of the year by The New York Times, and her sophomore album, Baroque, released in March on Bedroom Community and New Amsterdam has been called "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" by SPINMedia website PopMatters.

In addition to her work as a soloist, Nadia is a member of yMusic, ACME, and Alarm Will Sound, and has lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Grizzly Bear, Jónsi and Arcade Fire. Nadia also hosts a radio show on WQXR's New Music radio stream, Q2Music, for which she was awarded the 2010 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in Radio and Internet Broadcasting. Nadia is the recipient of Southern Methodist University's 2013 Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, and since 2007 has been on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in their Contemporary Performance Program.

Caitlin Lynch


Caitlin Lynch has been described as a performer for whom the term “‘gifted’ hardly does justice” (The Oregonian). An avid soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Caitlin has performed in fourteen countries on five continents. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, whose tours have featured her concerti performances across North America and Europe.


As a chamber musician, she performs as the violist of the New York-based Fidelio String Quartet. Additionally, Caitlin has had the honor of performing chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, and Cavani String Quartets, the Weilerstein Trio, and ACME. Caitlin has held principal positions in the Charlotte Symphony and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, in performances from Carnegie Hall to international tours. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, A Far Cry, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony.


As an educator, she is the Chamber Music Teaching Assistant at the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School, has taught in the public schools of Harlem as a Morse Fellow at The Juilliard School, traveled to South America to teach masterclasses and orchestral sectionals for Ecuador’s Sinfonia por la Vida, taught students with Williams’ Syndrome at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, was part of the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet, and did a Visiting Artist teaching and performance residency at The College of William and Mary. Caitlin is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

Alex Sopp


New York-based flutist Alex Sopp performs all different genres of music and was recently called “outstanding” and “an admired new music mainstay” by Time Out New York.  The New York Times has praised her performances as being “beautifully nuanced” and “exquisite”.  In addition to ACME, Alex is a member of The Knights, NOW Ensemble, yMusic, and performs regularly with The New York Philharmonic, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Wind Soloists of New York, counter)induction, Metropolis Ensemble, The Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, Gotham City Orchestra, and Continuum.


Alex has commissioned, premiered, and recorded with some of the most exciting composers and song-writers of our time, including Björk, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Philip Glass, Jonsí of Sigur Ros, Martha Wainwright, Gabriel Kahane, Bryce Dessner, and St. Vincent. Also a composer and improvisor, Alex will soon make her solo recording debut with an album on the New Amsterdam label.


A regular performer both in the US and abroad, she has performed at the BBC Proms, Bang on a Can Marathon, Bargemusic, Lucerne Fetsival, Dumbarton Oaks, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Look and Listen Festival, MATA Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Festival WhyNote Dijon, Carlsbad Music Festival, and the Bowdoin Festival.


A native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Alex completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School where she was a student of Carol Wincenc and Robert Langevin.

Andrew Rehrig


Andrew Rehrig began his studies of the flute at the age of 11 in Atlanta, GA. He went on to continue studies at Indiana University with Thomas Robertello. While still an undergraduate, Andrew was invited to become a member of the Columbus, IN Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until graduation. Having completed his Masterʼs degree at Stony Brook University under the direction of Carol Wincenc, Mr. Rehrig appears regularly as a substitute flutist on Broadway, as well as with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Pops, and the Queens Symphony. Andrew is a substitute flutist with the New Haven Symphony, the New World Symphony and the Hawaii Symphony, and served as the guest principal second flutist of the Florida Grand Opera. He has recorded with groups ranging from the Knights to the Dirty Projectors, and has appeared with Barry Manilow, My Brightest Diamond, and Bibi Ferreira, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Chris Thompson


In addition to ACME, percussionist Chris Thompson is a member of Alarm Will Sound, the Line C3 Percussion Group, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has collaborated, recorded, or performed as a guest with an eclectic mix of ensembles and musicians including The Metropolitan Opera, Björk, Antony and the Johnsons, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, the American Composers Orchestra, GLANK, The Knights, Nico Muhly, Dirty Projectors, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Efterklang, Wordless Music, as well as for On- and Off- Broadway theater, including the New York productions of WickedThe Phantom of the Opera, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Anything Goes.

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Portraits by Ryuhei Shindo. Concert photography by Mark Shelby Perry; Drone Mass photos by Wojciech Wandzel.