Described by the Warsaw Music Journal as "unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music," and the New York Times as "an artist of intense concentration and conviction," Jeffrey Jacob received his education from the Juilliard School (Master of Music) and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate), and counts Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon Fleisher as his principal teachers. Since his debut with the London Philharmonic in Royal Festival Hall, he has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras internationally including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, Sao Paulo and Brazil National Symphonies, the Silesian, Moravian, North Czech, and Royal Queenstown Philharmonics. A noted proponent of contemporary music, he has performed the world premieres of works written for him by George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, Samuel Adler, Francis Routh, Jianjun He, and many others. He has performed solo recitals in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Milan, Madrid, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Quito, Havana, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Ottawa, and throughout the United States.
Jacob has recorded over 50 works for solo piano and piano and orchestra including his critically acclaimed series of albums of the complete piano music of Samuel Barber and George Crumb, and major works of Bela Bartok. Fanfare Magazine recently devoted a feature article to his series of albums for New Ariel Recordings entitled "Contemporary American Eclectic Music for the Piano." Additionally, he has made radio recordings for Radio Warsaw, Radio Prague, and Brazil National Radio, as well as a series of recordings of American music for the BBC.
As a composer, he has written four symphonies, three piano concertos, and numerous works for piano and chamber ensemble. Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony premiered his Symphony: Winter Lightning. The Moscow and St. Petersburg Symphonies premiered respectively his Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the composer as soloist. The Gregg Smith Singers premiered his Sleeping at Last for mixed chorus and solo cello. Jacob's Persistence of Memory was premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony at the 1999 College Music Society National Convention, and was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music for a performance by the Charleston Symphony at the 2002 Charleston Spoleto Festival. Other works have been premiered and recorded by the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, the Chamber Orchestra of the Rhein, the North Czech Philharmonic, the New England and Cavani Quartets and sopranos Mary Nessinger and Laurel Thomas. Two albums of Jacob's orchestral music have been released by Centaur Records and Vienna Modern Masters, and recordings of individual works appear on several labels including Albany, Opus One, Capstone, and New Ariel. Currently Artist-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame IN, he recently received the Artist of the Year Award from the International New Music Consortium at New York University for his work as composer, pianist and educator. JeffreyJacob.org