Introducing Our Faculty: Winter 2022

This video premiered on Friday, February 4 at 7:30 pm EST.

View the complete program with bios and program notes.

This video features performances by bassoonist Jessica Kunttu, who joined the Duke Music faculty in 2020, and violist Simon Ertz, who joined us in Fall 2021.


Jessica Kunttu
Adolphus Hailstork: Bassoon Set for solo bassoon (2003)
Seong Ae Kim: Fever Dream (2021), with Annie Brooks Stankovic, piano
Francisco Mignone: Sonata No. 1 for Two Bassoons (1961), with Duke student Michael Manns

Simon Ertz

Kenji Bunch: The Three Gs (2009)
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919), with Christy Wisuthseriwong, piano
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, mvt. iii (1909), with Lyricosa Quartet (Carol Chung & Lyda Cruden, violins; Simon Ertz, viola; Rosalind Leavell, cello)

Ieva Jokubaviciute & R. Larry Todd: J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Rheinberger/Reger transcription for two pianos)

This video premiered on Friday, January 21 at 7:30 pm EST.

In this video, recorded in Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium, Music faculty Ieva Jokubaviciute and R. Larry Todd perform J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 arranged for two pianos by Josef G. Rheinberger.

Ieva Jokubaviciute has performed in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. She is a faculty member of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, has toured nationally with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborates in recitals with violinist Midori in Europe, Asia, and South America. She joined the Duke Music faculty last year as Associate Professor of the Practice.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Duke Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Javon Jackson, saxophone

This video premiered on Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 pm EST.

On December 3, 2021 the Duke Jazz Ensemble welcomed guest artist Javon Jackson to the stage in Baldwin Auditorium. For its first release of 2022, the Best of Biddle virtual series brings you a video of that performance.

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John V. Brown. The associate director is Evan Roberson.

View the program of the December 3 concert online at

“Javon adds a modern twist to the music we grew up with. Everybody get ready for a funky good time.” – Branford Marsalis

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 16 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Joanne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.