Jeff Jacob graduated from Zanesville High School in 1966 having previously attended Sheridan Elementary and Hancock Junior High School. Jeff subsequently earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music Degree from the Julliard School in New York and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Since his graduation from Hopkins, Jeff has pursued four separate but related careers: concert pianist of classical music, college professor, composer, and recording artist. He was, for 37 years until his retirement last year, Chair of the Piano Department at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
As a concert pianist, the New York Times described him as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction” and the Warsaw Music Journal referred to him as “unquestionably one of the greatest living performers of contemporary classical music.” He has performed solo piano recitals in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Milan, Madrid, Helsinki, Rio, São Paulo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Jakarta, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Ottawa, and throughout the United States. He has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras internationally including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, and New Jersey Symphonies. In April he became the first U.S. pianist in over 50 years to be invited to perform with the Cuban National Symphony in Havana.
As a composer, Jeff has written 4 symphonies, 3 piano concertos, 3 string quartets, and numerous other works. Three CD’s of his music have been released by major classical labels in the U.S. and Europe.
Jeff has recorded over 120 piano compositions by living American composers. He recently received the Artist-of-the-Year Award from the International Consortium of New Music at New York University for his work as pianist, composer and educator.
Most importantly, 25 years ago he adopted two infant girls from South America. Ana now teaches second grade in the Los Angeles Public School System and Christina graduates this May 15 from the University of Hawaii.
NOTE: Dr. Jacob was unable to attend the induction ceremony. His acceptance was read.