THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE’S – Jacob George

Jacob George performs widely as violin soloist, recitalist & freelance player, playing at a professional level whilst pursuing a career in town planning.

Jacob George

Violin Soloist

Jacob George performs widely as violin soloist, recitalist & freelance player, playing at a professional level whilst pursuing a career in town planning.

Jacob is currently studying for an MSc in Urban Planning at Newcastle University, having achieved a first class BA(Hons) in Architectural Studies at the University of Sheffield. Outside his studies, music is equally important in his life and he hopes to continue playing at a professional level alongside his future career.

Jacob achieved distinction in Grade 8 violin at age 14 and in dipABRSM performance diploma at 16. He spent three years in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, appointed Principal Second Violin when he was 16. In 2012 he was chosen to represent the NYO in receiving the Queen’s Medal for Music from Her Majesty in a special London Symphony Orchestra concert, during which he joined the orchestra in their performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. His time in the NYO also included three appearances at the BBC Proms.

During his teenage years, Jacob led regional youth orchestras such as Young Sinfonia (in Newcastle, with whom he toured to Singapore, Italy and Sweden), North Yorkshire County Orchestra, York Area Schools Symphony Orchestra, York Young Soloists, and Yorchestra. He was also a regular player with York Guildhall Orchestra and the Academy of St Olave’s.

As a soloist, he has appeared with Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra, Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, York Guildhall Orchestra, York Area Schools Symphony Orchestra, Wharfedale Chamber Ensemble, and York Young Soloists. He has also performed in recital series in Sheffield and Doncaster.

While in Sheffield, Jacob led Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra and played Principal Second Violin for Hallam Sinfonia and Rep Orchestra. Since moving to Newcastle, Jacob has co-led Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra and performed with Newcastle Bach Choir and Mowbray Orchestra.

A keen player of period instruments, he has also appeared with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. As well as freelance playing, Jacob enjoys teaching and tutors at the holiday youth ensemble, Yorchestra. He has benefitted from violin tuition from Jose Honing, Maggy Lamb, David Greed, Lucy Russell and Bradley Creswick.

Jacob plays on a Deconet violin made in Venice c. 1750, loaned by Wolfgang Marc Schatzberger.

January 2019

Jacob George
Concerto performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 26 January 2019

SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto