Newswire | Violist Jacob Clewell Joins Sinfonia Toronto

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Toronto, September 8, 2023 – Sinfonia Toronto announces the appointment of violist Jacob Clewell. The young virtuoso won the position at section viola auditions held yesterday, September 6.

In making the announcement Music Director Nurhan Arman commented, “Jacob Clewell has a brilliant technique and plays with a great sense of stylistic purity, a wonderfully expressive tone and beautiful phrasing. He is a fine musician and will be a great fit with the orchestra’s performing style. I am delighted to welcome him to Sinfonia Toronto.”

American violist Jacob Clewell stands in the vanguard of musicians of his generation. Gold Medalist of the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition, standout moments from recent activities include solo and chamber performances at the Scotia Festival, Green Lake Chamber Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Lake District Summer Music, Northern Lights Festival of Mexico, and Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France. Jacob has appeared alongside members of the Escher, Emerson, Endellion, Cypress, and Penderecki quartets, Gryphon Trio, Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle and Toronto symphonies, and with pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Andrew Armstrong. He has appeared as a guest artist with numerous orchestras and chamber series, toured in the US and Canada, and performed in Toronto’s Koerner Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York.

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Jacob holds degrees from the Cornish College of the Arts, Stony Brook University, and The Glenn Gould School, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, where he was a teaching assistant in violin, viola, and chamber music.

He is Co-Artistic Director and Artist-Faculty of Viola at the annual Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival in Florida, and directs the Mosbacher Salon Collective in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jacob’s first performance with Sinfonia Toronto will take place on Saturday, October 21 in the orchestra’s BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH! concert in George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre.


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