Currently pursuing his master’s degree at The Juilliard School, twenty-three year-old violist Jacob Shack is a student of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman and frequently performs as principal of the Juilliard Orchestra. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, Jacob enjoyed playing with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra as principal violist, including on their tours to Cuba and the Middle East. His extensive summer festival experience most recently includes the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was the recipient of the Maurice Schwarz Prize in 2013. In addition, he was selected to participate in Jaime Laredo’s New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in both 2010 and 2012. Jacob has also been recognized in solo and chamber music competitions, including the Stulberg International String Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has collaborated in performance with such world-renowned artists as James Buswell, Steven Doane, James Dunham, Joseph Silverstein, and Robert Levin, and has received numerous awards and scholarships from Harvard University, as well as from his alma mater Phillips Academy. In the summer of 2015, Jacob will serve as the violist of the New Fromm Players, an ensemble-in-residence at the Tanglewood Music Center devoted to contemporary music performance.

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