Composer, cellist, and conductor, Heidi Jacob is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College. Born in Orinda, California, Heidi Jacob attended both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Ms. Jacob completed her D.M.A. in composition from Temple University, where she studied with Maurice Wright, Richard Brodhead and Matthew Greenbaum.
As a cellist, Ms. Jacob has distinguished herself both as a soloist and in chamber music. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Bedford Springs Festival, "Mozart on the Square" in Philadelphia, the Dubrovnik Festival and on National Public Radio. She has recorded solo cello and chamber music works by Larry Nelson for Albany Records, and the cello sonatas by John Davison with pianist Charles Abramovic. In a recording for Capstone Records she conducts the Ensemble Solarium in Curt Cacioppo’s Concerto for Oboe and String Chamber Orchestra with Harpsichord, featuring Philadelphia Orchestra oboist Jonathan Blumenfeld. Curt Cacioppo's orchestral piece "Invocation and Dance of the Mountain Gods," from the album LAWS OF THE PIPE and conducted by Ms. Jacob, was selected by Parma Recordings for inclusion on the label’s online digital release FINE MUSIC, Vol. 4. in June, 2011.
Ms. Jacob’s solo and chamber music works have been performed at the Kimmel Center as part of Network for New Music’s Poetry Project, Tania León's 2014 Composers Now Festival, Summer Stars Classics series in Ocean Grove New Jersey, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Rutgers University’s Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art installation, Amphibian; New Music and Video HIArt Gallery, New York City and by The Argento Ensemble, the Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir, the Hildegard Chamber Players and by Temple University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her works have been performed by violinists Miranda Cuckson and Barbara Govatos, cellists Jeffrey Solow, Michal Schmidt and cellist Thalia Moore of Earplay, flutists Mimi Stillman, Adeline Tomasone, Jeffrey Khaner, pianist Charles Abramovic, and bassoonist Pascal Gallois. Her String Quartet, “…on enameled tablets,” was premiered at The Stone in New York City by the Momenta String Quartet. She was a winner of Network for New Music’s Poetry Project, the American Composers Forum, Pascal Gallois bassoon composition competition and won an Honorable Mention in the International Alliance for Women in Music Competition (Judith Lang Zaimont Prize division) for her work for piano, Regard a Schubert: a Fantasy Impromptu. Her cycle of songs on the poetry of Julia Alvarez, Beginning Again for soprano, violin and piano (2009), was commissioned by Vermont-based L’Ensemble. This work appears on L’Ensemble’s CD, “Poetry into Song.”
Ms. Jacob’s Winter Light for violin and string orchestra was performed by I Solisti Veneti (conducted by Claudio Scimone) in March 2016. Her string orchestra piece, Many in One was commissioned by First Editions Chamber Orchestra and was premiered in spring of 2016. The CD of her compositions, BENEATH WINTER LIGHT, produced by PARMA Recordings, was released in January 2015.