Strings Magazine has proclaimed that Jacob Szekely “Has emerged as a leader in the creative string community” and Grammy winning cellist and Berklee professor Eugene Friesen has declared him “The first cellist to make the case as a leader in modern jazz!”
In 2007, Jacob expanded his role as musical ambassador through the co founding and artistic directorship of String Project Los Angeles, a music school and resource for the alternative string playing community throughout and the only school in America solely dedicated to creative string playing. Jacob’s revolutionary curriculum quickly received national recognition and was proclaimed by Strings Magazine as “One of the top 10 reasons to study music in Los Angeles.” In addition to SPLA, Jacob has also conducted residencies and master classes across the United States at UCLA, Cal Arts, The Berklee School of Music, Oklahoma State University, Ithaca College, Georgia State University and The American String Teachers Association’s national conference to name a few.
Through a partnership with Yamaha, Mr. Szekely has had the opportunity to travel perform and work with hundreds of educators and school orchestras across the United States. Jacob has also served on the summer faculty of numerous summer festivals including The New Directions In Cello Festival and Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop with whom he co authored an article in the July 2012 issue of The Strad advising string teachers on how to approach improvisation.