Violinist Aaron Jacobs is in high demand as a soloist and chamber and orchestra musician throughout Illinois. During the past nine years, he has performed as concertmaster or principal second violin for twelve different orchestras throughout Illinois. 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.
Aaron devotes a great deal of time to educating youth. With eighteen years of teaching 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 mentors a full studio of violinists and violists ages 4–18 through the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he founded the Illinois Music Academy as part of the School of Music’s community education offerings. Aaron also created a violin program for Danville, Illinois, School District 118. Beginning in January of 2015, this program offers violin instruction to nearly 200 first- and second-grade students at two elementary schools in Danville, 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, a Master of Music degree in violin performance and string pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.