Meet the Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s new conductor, Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Eric Jacobsen is the brand new conductor at the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. The 22-year-old went to Julliard, is an accomplished cellist, and conducts around the world with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma with his Silk Road Ensemble.

At the age of 13 he knew music, in particular classical music, would be his life’s work.

“At the age of 19, 20 during college, I played many concerts at that time with older people that I really felt that I learned the practical experience from,” said Jacobsen.

“When conducting, how do you see yourself?” we asked. “As a lay person, I’m watching a conductor. What are you telling those who are playing instruments? You have a certain face on, are you just embracing the music at this point? What’s happening?”

“I think the idea of being a conductor, being an organizer, being some type of embracer of community you’re building an environment that everyone can be their absolute best,” said Jacobsen. “So, if you are lucky enough to be able to somehow think and see what someone else is thinking and seeing in a moment, and they’re struggling with something and you can help some how. So if they’re a wind player and they’re getting to the end of their breath and they know they can make this beautiful phrase, but it needs to go a little quicker and you can help make that possible, you just get chills from that.”

The Greater Bridgeport Symphony is in great hands. To visit their website, click here.

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