Viola, is fourth chair viola of The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Jackobs joined the Orchestra in 1993 and holds the Jean Wall Bennett Chair. Previously, he served for three years as fourth chair in the Pittsburgh Symphony, under Lorin Maazel. Mr. Jackobs has served on the faculty of the ENCORE School for Strings and given recital and chamber music performances in the Reinberger Chamber Music Series at Severance Hall; with the Myriad Ensemble; and at the summer festivals of Aspen, Edinburgh, Mainly Mozart, American, Heidelberg Schlosspeile, Interlochen and Kent/Blossom. He has been an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. He has given master classes at CIM, the Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Colorado at Boulder, the Music Institute of Chicago, Ohio Viola Society, Rocky Mountain Viola Society and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Jackobs received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and an Artist Diploma from CIM. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Teachers include Rosemary Malocsay at the Interlochen Arts Academy, William Preucil, Sr. at the University of Iowa, Heidi Castleman at the Eastman School of Music and Robert Vernon at CIM. He was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1994.

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