DANIEL JACOBS is a Los Angeles-based violist and teaching artist. As a violist, Daniel has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Shriver Hall, and the Overture Center for the Arts; and has collaborated in performance with violinist Jorja Fleezanis, Pacifica Quartet, and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Quartet. An advocate for new music, Daniel has performed at the LA Phil’s “Noon to Midnight” festival and the Prototype Festival in New York City; and he has worked with many living composers including Donald Crockett, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Laura Elise Schwendinger. Daniel has performed on Naxos recordings featuring works by Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis.
As an educator, Daniel is currently a conductor and teaching artist for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Daniel was a teaching assistant and viola instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts, a public arts high school. In 2017-2018, Daniel was an ArtistYear AmeiCorps Fellow serving as a Teaching Artist in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley.
Daniel holds a B.M. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.M. and G.P.D. from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. His primary teachers were Victoria Chiang and Sally Chisholm. He has studied chamber music with members of the Aspen String Trio, Pro Arte Quartet, and Alarm Will Sound. When Daniel is not teaching or performing, he enjoys hiking in the mountains, eating breakfast burritos, and snowboarding.