Ryan Jacobsen

Violin/Viola

Ryan Jacobsen

About Ryan Jacobsen

An accomplished violinist, conductor, and teacher, Ryan Jacobsen’s passion for music has taken him across the country. As a violinist, he has won several prestigious competitions, including the MusicFest Northwest Young Artist competition as well as the Whitman Symphony Concerto and Aria competition. Most recently, Ryan was invited to perform alongside the University of Colorado, Boulder faculty on the Faculty Tuesday series. In the summer of 2019 he concertized internationally as part of the graduate string quartet in residence at the Siena International Music Festival.

Ryan has appeared as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony, and the Whitman Symphony and has performed for and worked with with numerous renowned artists including Philip Quint, Rachel Barton Pine, Augustin Hadelich, James Buswell, and the Takács Quartet. Ryan is an active orchestral musician and plays with various orchestras
throughout the Front Range in Colorado as well as several festival orchestras around the northwest. Since 2011, he has  performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Boettcher Hall in Denver.

Ryan has studied violin pedagogy with highly regarded educators around the country through institutes and workshops. As a Suzuki certified teacher, Ryan has developed several separate private violin studios in the past 13 years teaching students of all ages. He specializes in working with children and has a gift for connecting with budding musicians. He has been invited to work with students at many different schools as a guest teacher and sectional coach. An aspiring conductor, he served for a year as the Assistant Conductor of the Whitman College Symphony and trained under the batons of Neil Varon, Carl Topilow, Gary Lewis, and David Jacobs.

Ryan earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Teaching Assistantship. He hopes eventually to secure a position at a university teaching violin while conducting a symphony orchestra. In his spare time, he enjoys attending concerts, backpacking through the canyons of Utah, and reading.