Jacob Beranek (b. 1998) is a Wisconsin-born, New York-based composer and pianist. His compositions, inspired by his enthusiasm for artful craftsmanship, often emphasize his love of historical traditions—musical, religious, or even his Czech heritage.
Beranek served as the inaugural Composer-in-Residence of the Midsummer's Music Festival (Door County, WI) from 2017-20, and his works have been championed by the GRAMMY®-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble (Nashville), Band of the Castle Guards & Czech Police (Prague), Dolce Suono Ensemble (Philadelphia), Gesualdo Six (London), and Wisconsin Philharmonic (Waukesha, WI), as well as acclaimed soloists Peter Sheppard Skærved and Mimi Stillman. Maestro Mikel Toms and the Brno Philharmonic (Brno, Czechia) recorded his Pilgrimatic Overture as part of ABLAZE Records’ ninth “Orchestral Masters” album, to be released in 2022.
His work has garnered international recognition in competitions such as the American Prize for Composition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Beyer Awards, and The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition, in which he received first place for ages 21-and-under worldwide. Upcoming performance locations include Seoul, South Korea (Euterpe Wind Quintet); Berlin, Germany (Vanderbilt Musik Akademie); and Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Series).
Beranek received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and is now pursuing a Master of Music from The Juilliard School as a student of John Corigliano. A dedicated scholar of Czech music, Beranek was honored by the American ambassador to Czechia in 2018 during a performance of his music in Prague Castle for the country’s centenary celebration.