Jacob Schafer

Violinist Jacob Schafer performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has received numerous awards and honors for his violin playing, including the Sharp and Wrexham prizes for excellence in musical performance from the Yale Department of Music. He was also a winner of the Yale Friends of Music Recital Competition and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Nashville Symphony and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to education, Mr. Schafer teaches violin at the Campbell Learning Center in Houston and tutors music theory privately.

A keen proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Schafer has worked with a number of living composers, including Thomas Adès, John Harbison, and Fred Lerdahl. He frequently performs with Rice’s student-run contemporary ensemble Hear & Now, and this season will be performing with Houston’s Loop38. In the summer of 2018 he will be a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Schafer is pursuing a Master of Music at Rice University. A student of Paul Kantor, he has also studied with Kyung Yu and Chris Teal, and has coached chamber music with Norman Fischer, Ivo van der Werff, Wendy Sharp, and others. In 2015 he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.