Jacob Thompson


Jacob Thompson

SAA Member

Since his solo debut at age 16 with the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jacob Thompson has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Chicago Symphony Center, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, and the Harris Theater in Chicago. Jacob has performed in several masterclasses for renowned cellists such as Alisa Weilerstein, Melissa Kraut, Astrid Schween, Alan Harris, and Anthony Elliott. He has also performed in masterclasses with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Zora Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, and Laurie Smuckler.

An active orchestral player, Jacob has held positions with several orchestras across the country, including the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic, Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, IL, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and serves as a substitute for the New World Symphony in Miami, FL and the San Diego Symphony.

​Jacob also passionately enjoys teaching and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He received his Suzuki training from Dr. Tanya Carey of Roosevelt University and Trina Carey Hodgson of Pasadena Conservatory.

​Jacob attended Interlochen Arts Camp and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy with Honors, studying with Crispin Campbell. Subsequently, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory Music studying with Darrett Adkins. He also holds a Masters in Cello Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying with Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet. He most recently completed a Performance Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music studying with Brandon Vamos of the Grammy Award winning Pacifica Quartet.