Violinist Aaron Jacobs is in high demand as a soloist and chamber and orchestra musician throughout Illinois. He currently performs as concertmaster or principal second violin for six different orchestras in Central Illinois, including Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and The Prairie Ensemble.
As an active chamber and solo recitalist, Aaron has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has been the featured soloist for orchestras in Ohio and Illinois. He has also been a recipient of several honors and awards, and a prizewinner at international competitions. In duo with his wife and pianist, Tatiana Shustova, performances of recent years have ranged from concert halls in the Midwest and east coast to Italy and Russia. Together, they received second prize for their performance at the 2010 Premio Alberto Gori International Competition in Sarteano, Italy. In October 2011, they received an award for their performance of “String Poetic” by Jennifer Higdon at the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, and were given honorary memberships in the American Liszt Society.
Aaron devotes a great deal of time to education. With twelve years of experience among all age and ability levels, he has taught at universities, academies, music schools, and summer camps throughout Ohio, Maine, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Currently, he is a faculty member at Community Center for the Arts in Urbana, Illinois, where he mentors a full studio of young violinists, violists, and chamber ensembles. Aaron is also sectional and chamber coach for the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, and coaches the ECIYO string quartet through the School of Music Academy at the University of Illinois.
Aaron holds a bachelor of music degree in music education and an Artist’s Certificate in violin performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His master of music is in string pedagogy and violin performance from Northwestern University. He has studied with Movses Pogossian, Penny Thompson-Kruse, Vasile Beluska, Bernard Zinck, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Sherban Lupu. He has also worked closely with several other prominent teachers such as Almita and Roland Vamos, Ilya Kaler, Kurt Sassmanshaus, and the Autobahn, Emerson, St. Petersburg, and Pacifica string quartets. Currently, he is a candidate for the degree of doctor of musical arts in violin performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the studio of Sibbi Bernhardsson.