Jacob Hermsen

Viola, Violin Teacher

Jacob Hermsen

SAA Member

Contact

701 Royal Anne Ln Apt 304
Raleigh NC 27615
USA

919-888-0146
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Welcome!
Jacob Hermsen, violist, began his musical studies at age seven with violin lessons before changing his focus to viola.

Education:
He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Musik Hochschule ‘Carl Maria von Weber’ Dresden. He studied with Nobuko Imai, Vladimir Bukac (Talich Quartet), Michael Gieler (Principal Violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam). Further studies have included masterclasses with Ervin Schiffer (Haydn Quartet, Hon. Professor of The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Brussels), Thomas Riebl (Professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg) and Jean Sulem (Rosamunde Quartet).

Orchestral Experience
As a principal violist, namely with the Mittelsächsische Philharmonie Freiberg (Germany), KlangNetz Ensemble Dresden (Germany), and the Kammerphilharmonie Dresden (Germany), Jacob Hermsen has enjoyed exploring and performing the repertoire for solo viola. Other orchestras where he performed regularly include the Robert Schumann Philharmonic, and the Chemnitz Opera House, Elbland Philharmonie, Dresden Sinfoniker, Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie (all Germany), Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Netherlands), and Theater Baden Orchester, Baden bei Wien (Austria).
Most recently, he is regularly engaged as interim principal viola with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina. Reviews can be found here and here.

Chamber and Solo Experience
As a passionate chamber musician, he became a founding member of the international chamber trio Ensemble Poetico. He performed at festivals such as the ‘Grachtenfestival’ in Amsterdam and the ‘Palais Sommer Festival’ in Dresden.
Concert tours brought him to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, and the USA.
Jacob Hermsen has made numerous musical appearances for Dutch and German radio & television, and he performed the solos in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, the Double Concerto for Viola and Clarinet by M. Bruch, the Viola Concerto in G Major by G.P. Telemann and played the Dutch Premiere of ‘Eulogy’ by M. A. Turnage.
His most recent solo performance included works for viola solo and percussion by Luciano Berio, Somei Satoh, and Tigran Mansurian, and was accompanied by Ballet Ensemble Timée.

Teaching Experience
Jacob Hermsen has learned from his teachers who are among the best in the world. Every day he combines their knowledge, skills, musicality, and technique together with his own experience to help his students grow as a person, and as a musician. Jacob Hermsen has assisted his professor Vladimir Bukac at the Musik Hochschule ‘Carl Maria von Weber’ Dresden, he was invited to give international musical workshops for children (age 5—18) in The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the United States, and he is an active chamber music coach.

Together with his wife, soprano Catherine Kelly, he regularly performs with their non-profit ‘Sidewalk Opera