Jim Jacobson is the principal timpanist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
During summers he is the percussion coordinator and principal timpanist of the AIMS
Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and also teaches at the Fundacion Cultural in Patagonia, Argentina. As an orchestral musician, he has been percussionist and assistant principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony, principal timpanist of the Delaware Symphony, principal percussionist of the Tallahassee Symphony, and has performed with the Minnesota, Jacksonville, Toledo, Columbus, Virginia, Key West, and Stamford symphonies as well as the Bolshoi and Joffrey Ballet orchestras. He has appeared as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony on two occasions, performing the Druchetzky “Partita in C”and the David Schiff timpani concerto “Speaking in Drums.”
Jacobson has performed opera in Evian, France under Mstislav Rostropovich, has been a guest recitalist at the International Percussion Conference in Espinho, Portugal and, since 2007, has performed and led master classes each year at the International Percussion Festival held in Patagonia, Argentina. In addition, Jim has spent several years living in Tokyo and Berlin while studying the marimba and timpani. During the ‘80s he produced pop music in Los Angeles, performed with the punk-rock band Big Fun, rode motorcycles on three continents and ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Mr. Jacobson holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.