About Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
About the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Celebrating its 26th Anniversary Season in 2018-19, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (www.orlandophil.org) is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and composed of accomplished musicians from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents more than 170 live performances of classical, popular, and chamber music in venues across Central Florida. Known for its artistic excellence and community collaboration, the Philharmonic reaches more than 70,000 children, youth and families annually through its Young People’s Concerts, Symphony Storytime Series, the Notes in Your Neighborhood program, and free outdoor community concerts.
The Philharmonic owns and operates The Plaza Live, a multi-use venue with a 900-seat theater that also houses the orchestra’s administrative offices and rehearsal space. As a resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic will perform its primary subscription series concerts in Steinmetz Hall when it opens in 2020.
About Music Director Eric Jacobsen
Conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen is in his third year as the Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has begun a new trend in creative programing and community engagement that has engaged a wider audience. Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” he has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects.
Jacobsen founded the adventurous Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage. As Music Director, Jacobsen has led that inventive ensemble at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Ojai Music Festival to the Dresden Musikfestspiele and the Cologne Philharmonie. Their extensive recordings include Azul, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the ground beneath our feet, on Warner Classics; the Grammy-nominated Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Gil Shaham on Canary; and three albums for Sony Classical.
In demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led or will lead Camerata Bern, the Alabama, Baltimore, Detroit, and Virginia symphony orchestras, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Silk Road Ensemble. He is also an Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta and Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. A dedicated chamber musician, as well, Jacobsen has toured the world and recorded numerous world premieres as a member of the venerated Silk Road Ensemble and the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider.