Violinist Jacob Schafer
performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. As a Young Artist with Da Camera, he has performed at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Public Library, and the Galveston Artists Residency, as well as in classrooms across the city. Mr. Schafer is a core member of Loop38, Houston’s new music collective, and regularly performs with Rice University’s student-run contemporary music ensemble Hear & Now. He has also worked with prominent living composers such as Thomas Adès, John Harbison, Fred Lerdahl, and George Lewis. In the summer of 2018 he was a New Fromm Player at Tanglewood Music Center, where he performed chamber music with Leon Fleisher and presented the American premieres of works by Julian Anderson and Oliver Knussen.
Mr. Schafer’s awards and honors include the Sharp and Wrexham prizes for excellence in musical performance from the Yale Department of Music, and winning the Yale Friends of Music Recital Competition. He made his solo debut at the age of 17 with the Nashville Symphony and has also performed with the Saybrook College Orchestra and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Jacob graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Ethics, Politics, and Economics and Music. Now a student of Paul Kantor at Rice University, he received the Master of Music degree in 2018 and is continuing his studies in Rice’s Doctor of Musical Arts program.