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Colin Jacobsen

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Since the early 2000s, violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen has forged an intriguing path in the cultural landscape of our time, collaborating with an astonishingly wide range of artists across diverse traditions and disciplines while constantly looking for new ways to connect with audiences. For his work as a founding member of two innovative and influential ensembles—the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and the orchestra The Knights—Jacobsen was selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship. He is also active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and has toured with Silkroad since its founding by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 at Tanglewood.

As a composer, he has written pieces for an eclectic mix of artists, including pianist Emanuel Ax, singers Anne Sofie von Otter and Jamie Barton, banjo player Béla Fleck, mandolinist Avi Avital, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, choreographers John Heginbotham and Brian Brooks, theater group Compagnia de' Colombari, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Starting in the 2022-23 season, Jacobsen assumed the position of artistic director of Santa Fe Pro Musica, an organization with which he has had a fruitful, long-term association as a guest soloist and leader.