Jacob Beranek (b. 1998) is an award-winning, Wisconsin-born composer and pianist. He started composing music at eight years of age and began competing in composition contests at age eleven.
Recently, his composition Sempre nella luce (fl., vc., pno.), was named one of the national winners of the Dolce Suono Ensemble’s 2017 Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition, where it will be premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music on May 9, 2017.
In 2016, his Sonata for Violin and Piano was declared the winner in the Project 21 Prize for Music Composition and was premiered in July by the Midsummer's Music Festival at East High School in Green Bay, WI. This piece also received 2nd place nationally and 1st place in the North Central Region for the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) 2016 Junior Composers competition, Class IV.
He also earned national recognition in the 2015 NFMC Jr. Composers competition, Class IV. His composition, Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor: I. Allegro agitato was named "Outstanding Piano Composition, Laura K. Wilson Memorial Fund honoring Dorothy Dann Bullock" among all high school entries nationwide. This piece also won Best Instrumental Ensemble, High School Division, in the 2015 Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Student Composition Project. Jacob’s Furiant was recently selected for the Concert Band New Music Reading Session at The Midwest Clinic, held in Chicago in December 2015, where an excerpt was performed by the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest. Jacob currently has eight pieces published by Alliance Publications, Inc., and is a member of ASCAP.
In addition to composing, Jacob is a serious pianist who has earned many honors. He won first place in every event he competed in during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs (WFMC) State Festivals. Jacob has an undeniable connection to Czech music due to his heritage and had the privilege of studying piano with the internationally acclaimed Czech pianist, Radoslav Kvapil, in Prague during June 2015.
Jacob studies composition with Ronald Foster and studies piano with Margarita Kontorovsky at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music in Hartland, WI. During the summer of 2016, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music's Young Artist Summer Program, where he studied with Dr. David Ludwig, Dr. Jonathan Bailey Holland, Dr. Shinuh Lee, and Alyssa Weinberg. He also attended the Jr. Composers Institute in Minneapolis each July from 2012-2015, where he studied with Randall Davidson, Dr. Seth Custer, and Dr. Sarah Miller. Jacob also has a mentoring relationship with Joel Blahnik from Alliance Publications, Inc.
When not composing or preparing for auditions, Jacob delves into music history and maintains a 4.0+ GPA in his high school studies. He enjoys serving as the choral accompanist at Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI, as well as a substitute pianist for his home congregation, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI.
Thanks Be to God!
"Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ."
"The aim and final end of all music
should be none other than the glory of God
and the refreshment of the soul.”
– J.S. Bach