Mr. Jacobsen is a cellist and conductor residing in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed with Renee Fleming on David Letterman and at the inaugural concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. Mr. Jacobsen has also appeared with The Silk Road Ensemble at the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai.
In 2006 Eric's brother, Colin a violinist,was in residence on NPR's 'Performance Today'. It was during this time that Eric and Colin and their long standing friends, Johnny Gandelsman and Nick Cords came together. Their strong camaraderie and mutual desire to work in the string quartet medium, led them to form Brooklyn Rider. The quartet has been touring together ever since. Their collaboration with the Iranian Kemanche master, Kayhan Kalhor inspired their first album 'Silent City'. The album includes arrangements and compositions by Mr. Kalhor and Colin Jacobsen. Brooklyn Rider's second album 'Passport' is a compilation of Armenian folk songs, arranged tunes and original compositions.
In addition, Mr. Jacobsen has appeared as soloist with the Riverside Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the Lake George Chamber Orchestra and the Woodstock Festival Orchestra. The Children's Orchestra Society, and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs at Bargemusic, often playing with Steven Beck, with whom Mr. Jacobsen has collaborated with for 10 years.
Mr. Jacobsen is a member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. He has participated in residencies and performances in Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and across the USA including The Art Institute of Chicago and The Hollywood Bowl.
Eric and Colin Jacobsen are the artistic directors of the orchestra The Knights with Eric Jacobsen conducting. The Knights have recorded two albums for SONY. 'Jan Vogler and The Knights, Experience Live from NY' featuring Shostakovich and Jimi Hendrix and 'New Worlds' featuring composers Ives, Osvaldo Golijov, Dvorak, Gabriella Lena Frank and centered around Copland's 'Appalachian Spring'.
In May of 2009, Mr Jacobsen led The Knights at the opening of the Dresden 'Musikfestspiele' with soloists Dawn Upshaw and Christina Courtin. Mr. Jacobsen is also the cellist in the Mark O'Connor String Quartet performing original works by the great American fiddler.
Mr. Jacobsen is involved in many student projects in universities as well as elementary, middle and high schools. He was recently appointed to the cello and chamber music faculty of NYU where he has also conducted the orchestra. Mr. Jacobsen studied at The School for Strings as a youngster and later graduated from The Juilliard School. He worked extensively with the late Harvey Shapiro, Joseph Elworthy, and considers Anner Bylsma and Yo Yo Ma instrumental influences in his playing.
In the summer time Mr. Jacobsen has toured numorous festivals, including Lucerne and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. In 2005 Mr. Jacobsen and the other members of the Brooklyn Rider became the Artistic Directors of The Stillwater Music Festival in Minnesota. Colin and Eric Jacobsen are honored to be the Artistic Directors of Musicians for Harmony, an organization dedicated to raising awareness to conflicted areas of the world.
Mr. Jacobsen can be heard on recordings with Yo Yo Ma, Bono, and Mark O'Connor.
Mr. Jacobsen plays a Giovanni Battista Genova cello crafted in Turin 1745
photo by Sarah Small
photo by Richard Frank