The 2017 Midsummer's Music Festival concert line-up is out and
I'm excited to announce that I will have TWO premieres this summer (with a total of six performances). My Death's Door quintet
(cl., hn., vn., vc., pno.) will be part of the 'Dangerous Waters' program and Sempre nella luce (fl., vc., pno.) will be part of 'The Czech Spirit' program. If you are making plans to spend time in Door County this summer, I hope to see you there! Check out their flyer for all of the concerts planned this summer.
I am thrilled and honored to be named one of the national winners in Dolce Suono Ensemble's 2017 Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition! My piece, Sempre nella luce (fl., vc., pno.), received its world premiere at the Curtis Institute of Music on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (photo above).
The public premiere of my Furiant for Concert Band took place on Saturday, September 24 at UW-River Falls at their Homecoming Band Concert. I'm so grateful to Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj for her support!
The world premiere of my Sonata for Violin and Piano on July 14 went phenomenally well. A big thank you to Midsummer's Music for making it happen - especially David Perry (violin) and Dr. Bill Koehler (piano). Check out the videos on my composition page!
Jacob developed a strong connection to his paternal heritage in the Czech Republic after doing extensive genealogical research on his family's roots. In June 2013, he traveled to Southern Bohemia to visit the Beránek family ancestral home (above).
Jacob has had an undeniable love for Czech music since an early age. In fact, when he was just nine years old, he begged his mom to take a trip to Spillville, Iowa, so he could experience where his favorite composer, Antonín Dvořák, spent the summer of 1893.
He traveled to the Czech Republic again in June 2015 to study piano and composition in Prague and South Bohemia. Read more in the Blog section.
Thank you to Kara Reese Photography for many of the outstanding pictures seen throughout this website.
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