“A flat-out triumph for its two fearless performers” was the praise lavished by Opera News for violinist Jacob Ashworth’s 2015 fully staged, memorized performance of Kurtag’s Kafka-Fragments. Across the spectrum of classical music, Jacob has gained a reputation as a consummate stylist, from his “exacting and sensitive” interpretations of modern works (Boston Globe) to his “diligent attention to [baroque] period style” (NY Times). In 2012 at the Yale School of Music he founded Cantata Profana, an ensemble for vocal and instrumental chamber music, which received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2016, and for which he serves as Artistic Director. He is Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera, most recently conducting a “richly detailed yet delicate rendering” (NY Times) of Puccini’s Butterfly in 2017. And for their 2016 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the New Yorker noted, “Ashworth, leading from the violin, elicited a performance that was elegant, boisterous, and melancholy by turns.”
Jacob has been an artist at the Staunton Music Festival, New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, Wellesley Composer’s Conference, Lake George Music Festival, and Music Mountain. He earned his doctorate from Yale under renowned violinist Ani Kavafian, and has also studied baroque violin with Robert Mealy as a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Jacob has performed extensively on period instruments, including as concertmaster for Nicholas McGegan with Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard 415, Yale’s Schola Cantorum, and New York Baroque Incorporated. His first album, “Hermestänze,” featuring cycles for violin by composer Susan Kander appears on MSR Records.