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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
April 19, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Prof. Jacob Braun


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A native of Lincoln, Massachusetts, Jacob Braun has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. He has been praised as a cellist with " a distinctly warm, clear sound" (Classical voice of North Carolina) and " a gorgeous dark tone" (The St.Louis Dispatch). Mr. Braun has appeared multiple times at Wigmore, Jordan and Carnegie Halls and has performed to acclaim at prestigious international venues such as Seoul University, The Palace of Fontainebleau, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Pacific Music Festival and The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Braun joined the Penderecki String Quartet in the fall of 2009 and is Professor/Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and has given master classes at Indiana University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Roosevelt University, Vassar College and The New England Conservatory. Before joining the Penderecki Quartet, Mr. Braun was a founding member of the Biava Quartet and a member of the Formosa Quartet. With the Biava Quartet, Mr. Braun was winner of the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, and a prizewinner at the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition and the London String Quartet Competition. As a member of the Formosa Quartet he performed at the Library of Congress (Stradivari Anniversary Concert), live on BBC Radio 3 and La Jolla Summerfest. Mr. Braun has collaborated with many leading artists including Paul Katz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ida Kavafian, Gilles Apap, Grace Fong, Danny Lee, and members of theBrentano, Calder, Enso, Johannes, Jupiter, Miami, Shanghai and Tokyo String Quartet.

As a recital soloist, Mr. Braun has performed recitals at The Merit School in Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center live on WFMT radio, with Canadian prodigy Jan Lisiecki at a UNICEF benefit in Calgary, Lake Luzerne Music Center and The Missouri River Valley Festival. As a concerto soloist, Jacob has appeared with the Symphony Pro Musica, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra the Lake Luzerne Music Center Festival Orchestra.

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), studying with Richard Aaron, Paul Katz, Mark Churchill, Andres Diaz, Aldo Parisot, and Clive Greensmith respectively. While studying at Yale University, Mr. Braun served as a teaching assistant to The Tokyo String Quartet and taught undergraduate students privately. Mr. Braun plays on a Antonius Mariani cello made circa 1619.