Jacob S. Braun
- Oliphant Hall 303
- (714) 744-2126
- Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Performance
New England Conservatory Music, Master of Music
Jacob S. Braun serves as Lecturer of Cello/Chamber Music at The University of California, Santa Barbara and as adjunct faculty at Chapman University.
Mr. Braun has earned praise as one of the most versatile and accomplished cellists of his generation, a cellist with "a distinctly warm and gorgeous tone" (The St. Louis Dispatch) and enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concert cellist, chamber musician and educator.
In the fall of 2009, Mr. Braun joined the Penderecki String Quartet as Professor/Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. With the Penderecki String Quartet, he has appeared worldwide, having recently completed auspiciously recognized tours of Brazil, China, Mexico, Spain and frequently in Canada.
In 2003, Mr. Braun won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Fischoff Chamber Music Grand Prize with the Biava Quartet. The Biava Quartet also won top prizes at the London String Quartet Competition and the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. In 2006, Mr. Braun joined the 2006 London String Quartet Competition 1st prize winners, The Formosa Quartet, and toured the United Kingdom and prestigious venues in The United States of America.
Mr. Braun has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, WFMT/ Chicago and CBC Radio Canada. He has performed live concerts with many leading artists including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Cho-Liang Lin, David Finckel, Grace Fong and members of the Brentano, Juilliard, Shanghai, Vermeer and Tokyo String Quartet. He frequently appears as a guest artist for numerous festivals, including the Amsterdam Bienalle Cello Congress, La Jolla Summerfest, Cleveland Chamberfest, the Innsbrook Institute, Ottawa Chamberfest and the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Series.
Mr. Braun received his degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M. 02), the New England Conservatory (M.M. 04) and Yale University (A.D. 06), studying with Richard Aaron, Paul Katz, Larry Lesser, Aldo Parisot, and Clive Greensmith. Engrossed in cello studies from an early age, Mr. Braun had the privilege to work with Andres Diaz, Yee-Sun Kim, Suren Bagratuni, Mark Churchill and Benjamin Zander while in high school in the Boston area. While studying at Yale University, Mr. Braun served as a teaching assistant to the Tokyo String Quartet and was Paul Katz’s teaching assistant at The New England Conservatory. Mr. Braun plays on an Antonius Mariani cello made circa 1619 and enjoys playing table tennis and chess in his spare time.