Summer 2017 Artists

Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Eric Jacobs is the newly appointed Clarinet and Bass Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. Prior to joining the Symphony, Jacobs was based in Los Angeles pursuing an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician and new music advocate. He has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of San Diego, Pasadena, Richmond and Santa Barbara. As a chamber musician he has performed with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Danish Radio Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many others in the United States, Canada, Denmark and Germany. 

A passionate supporter of new music, he has premiered many new works as a core member of the What's Next? Ensemble, HEAR NOW Music Festival, Jacaranda: Music at the Edge and the Long Beach Opera. He has also performed with Ensemble Modern, Green Umbrella, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and at Carnegie Hall under the guidance of John Adams and David Robertson in concerts of twentieth and twenty-first century American music.  During the summers he is clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, where he is working on a solo project combining his love of singing and clarinet to be premiered in 2017. 

He is forever indebted to his many great teachers over the years: Nancy Genovese, Yehuda Gilad, David Howard, Kenneth Lee, Thomas LeGrand, Charles West and Michael Webster.