Pianist Jacob Sievers performs as an active chamber musician, soloist, and collaborator, working with composers and mixed-media artists throughout the country. As an interpreter of repertoire both new and old, Jacob is devoted to thoughtful, intellectual, yet soulful performances that bring life and meaning to the music. His enthusiasm for new music and collaborations with composers can be found in the detailed, mindful expression of his performances.
Recently, Jacob performed at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY in a mixed-media collaboration project with pianist, Eunbi Kim, New York-based filmmaker and visual artist Pyeunghun Baik, and Chinese-Canadian composer Matt Poon. The program for the concert included the world-premiere of a commissioned work by Mr. Poon for two pianos and electronics. Other performance highlights include a concerto performance of Bartok’s Piano Concert No. 1 with the Vanderbilt University Symphony Orchestra in Nashville and solo and chamber music recitals at the Southern Illinois Music Festival in Carbondale, IL. Jacob has also worked with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner and performed his Dances of Atonement at a “Composer in Residence” series concert at Vanderbilt University with Mr. Wyner in attendance. Competition wins include first-prize in the MTNA Young Artist piano competition for the state of Tennessee, and also the Vanderbilt University Concerto Competition.
Originally from Carterville, Illinois, Jacob holds a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Daniel Epstein, Jeffery Cohen, and Curtis Macomber and a B.M. from Vanderbilt University where he was a student of nationally renowned pedagogue Karen Ann Krieger. While at Vanderbilt, Jacob received the school’s most prestigious award for performance, the David Rabin Prize. In master class settings, he has worked with Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Yefim Bronfman, and Margot Garrett.