Described as having a “vibrant, decorous style”, “timbre…velvety”, and a “gutsy sound” (Memphis Commercial Appeal) Jake Muzzy is the acting principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra. He has performed across the US and Europe, in China, the UK and Argentina, and most recently as soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras. He won distinction in competitions such as the Masterworks Festival Concerto Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Student Auditions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He studied with Carol Ourada in Wheaton and Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University before taking his Masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Geber. He held the position of Principal Cellist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before moving to the Chicago area where he was on the faculty of the Wheaton College Conservatory and a member of the Camerata Chicago chamber orchestra. He also maintained a private studio in Wheaton, taught at the School of Performing Arts in Naperville, and helped found Faith Community School of the Arts in West Chicago. Since 2004 he has taught at the MasterWorks festival during the summer. He performs with his wife Hannah (harp) as the duo 51 Strings. They have six children and live north of Sarasota.