With a frequently growing background in orchestral, chamber, and solo music, Jacob Shur is a freelance violist primarily based in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia area. His orchestral experience includes the Philadelphia Sinfonia, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, and Rutgers Sinfonia, where he has served as assistant principal violist for the past 2 years. Jacob has had extensive chamber music training at the Dali Quartet Chamber Music Festival, which he has attended for the past 6 summers. He was a member of the Elite Strings Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2014, directed by Adriana Linares, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the group in June 2008. As a member of the Philadelphia Sinfonia in 20013, Jacob performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, home of the world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. That same year, he also made his solo debut with orchestra, playing as soloist with the Abington Senior High School Orchestra, directed by Nancy Voigt. Jacob is set to make his Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center debut with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra this upcoming spring.
Jacob is currently pursuing his bachelor of arts degree in Viola Performance at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. His primary teachers there have been C.J Chang of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and most currently Craig Mumm, of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Before coming to Rutgers, Jacob studied at ArCoNet, a music training network based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary teacher there was Adriana Linares of the Dali Quartet, but he also had intensive training from acclaimed violinists Netanel Draiblate, Simon Gollo, and Carlos Rubio. Jacob is currently entering his 3rd of 4 years at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and after completion of his undergraduate studies, he has plans of pursuing further graduate musical education.