Jeffrey Jacob has written four symphonies, three piano concertos, three string quartets, and numerous works for piano and chamber ensemble. Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony premiered his “Symphony: Winter Lightning.”. The London Symphony recorded his Symphony No. 3. The Moscow and St. Petersburg Symphonies premiered respectively his Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the composer as soloist. The Gregg Smith Singers premiered his “Sleeping At Last” for mixed chorus and solo cello. Mr. Jacob’s “Persistence of Memory was premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony at the 1999 College Music Society National Convention and was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music for a performance by the Charleston Symphony at the 2002 Spoleto Festival. Other works have been premiered and recorded by the Orquesta de Baja California, the Chamber Orchestra of the Rhein, the North Czech and Moravian Philharmonics, the Cavani and New England Quartets, and sopranos Mary Nessinger and Laurel Thomas. Three CDs of Mr. Jacob’s orchestral music have been released by Centaur Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and PARMA Recordings. He is one of the first composers of the past 50 years to have his work chosen for a recording by the Cuban National Symphony under its Music Director, Enrique Perez Mesa.
As a pianist, he has been described by the Warsaw Music Journal as “unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th century music,” and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction.” Mr. Jacob received his education from the Juilliard School (Master of Music) and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate) and counts as his principal teachers, Mieczyslaw Munz, Carlo Zecchi, and Leon Fleisher. Since his debut with the London Philharmonic in Royal Festival Hall, he has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras internationally including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, Saõ Paulo and Brazil National Symphonies, the Silesian, Moravian, North Czech, and Royal Queenstown Philharmonics and recently the London Symphony and New Jersey Philharmonic. A noted proponent of contemporary music, he has performed the world premieres of works written for him by George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, Samuel Adler, Francis Routh, Jianjun He, and many others. He has performed solo recitals in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Milan, Madrid, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, Saõ Paulo, Havana, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Ottawa, and throughout the U.S.
Mr. Jacob has recorded over 120 works for solo piano and piano and orchestra including his critically acclaimed series of CDs of the complete piano music of Samuel Barber and George Crumb and major works of Bela Bartok. Fanfare Magazine recently devoted a feature article to his series of CDs for New Ariel Recordings entitled “Contemporary American Eclectic Music for the Piano.” Additionally, he has made radio recordings for Radio Warsaw, Radio Prague, and Brazil National Radio, as well as a series of recordings of American music for the BBC. He was recently named “Musician of the Year” by the International New Music Consortium at New York University for his work as pianist, composer, and educator.
Daniel Spalding is currently Music Director of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has worked with many of the world’s top professional orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, London Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players, National Russian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Romania’s Cluj-Napoca State Philharmonic, and Poland’s Filharmonia Opolska. As Music Director of the Philadelphia Virtuosi for over 25 years, he garnered international acclaim with appearances at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, where it was proclaimed by the Palm Beach Daily News as the “classical highlight of the season”. The orchestra has performed throughout the USA in 29 states, the Bermuda Festival, on three extensive tours to South America, in Mexico, and at the Nomus International Festival in Serbia. In 2014 Maestro Spalding took the Philadelphia Virtuosi on tour to Russia, selling out Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and Saint Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theater. The Philadelphia Virtuosi has recorded several CDs for Naxos, New Ariel, New World Records, Connoisseur Society, and Arabesque that have received accolades worldwide, including Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice,” named one of the top 10 CDs of the year by the Chicago Tribune and the London Observer, and as a finalist for a Grammy award. Daniel earned degrees from the Northwestern University School of Music.
Lara Turner, cello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba, has held the position of principal cellist with the South Bend Symphony since 2004. She has been featured soloist performing with the symphony: Milhaud's Concerto No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Lara is a memberr of Claricello, a clarinet and cello duo co-founded with her husband Jason Gresl. Claricello, focusing primarily on contemporary classical music written for this unique combination, is often featured at the Loon Lake Live! Chamber Music Festival in New York and has performed in Canada, Italy, Holland, and across the U.S. Lara has held the position of Principal Cello in the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado sinceit began in 2005. She performs regularly with other other early music groups including Louisville's Bourbon Baroque and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Last spring she performed the viola da gamba arias in the St. Matthew Passion at the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in cello performance from Oberlin College where she studied with Andor Toth, Jr. and Catharina Meints. At the San Francisco Conservatory she earned a Master of Music Degree in cello performance, studying with Bonnie Hampton.
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