Jacob Braun serves as Lecturer of Cello/Chamber Music at The University of California, Santa Barbara and as adjunct faculty at Chapman University. Mr. Braun has earned praise as one of the most versatile and accomplished cellists of his generation, a cellist with “a distinctly warm and gorgeous tone” (St. Louis Dispatch). Jacob enjoys a multi-faceted career as a solo cellist, chamber musician and professor.
In the fall of 2009, Mr. Braun joined the Penderecki String Quartet as Professor/Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. With the Penderecki String Quartet, he has appeared worldwide, having recently completed auspiciously recognized tours of Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Spain and the United States. A founding member of the Biava Quartet, Mr. Braun won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In 2006, Mr. Braun joined the 2006 London String Quartet Competition 1st prize winners, the Formosa Quartet.
Mr. Braun has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, WFMT/ Chicago and CBC Radio Canada. He has performed live concerts with many leading artists and members of the Brentano, Calder, Juilliard, Shanghai, Vermeer and Tokyo String Quartet. He frequently appears as a guest artist for numerous festivals, including the Amsterdam Bienale Cello Congress, La Jolla Summerfest, Cleveland Chamberfest, the Innsbrook Institute, Ottawa Chamberfest and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Series.
Mr. Braun received his degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M. 02), the New England Conservatory (M.M. 04) and Yale University (A.D. 06). While studying at Yale University, Mr. Braun served as a teaching assistant to the Tokyo String Quartet and was Paul Katz’s teaching assistant at The New England Conservatory. Mr. Braun plays on an Antonius Mariani cello made circa 1619. He enjoys playing table tennis and chess in his spare time.