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Hometown girl, Annie Jacobs-Perkins appears on Performance Today, 8/17/21

Annie Jacobs-Perkins in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo: Vance Jacobs)
Annie Jacobs-Perkins in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo: Vance Jacobs)

On Tuesday, cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins will appear on Performance Today as the program's Young Artist in Residence programTuesday, August 17th beginning at 10am.

Back in March 2014, Pittsford native Annie Jacobs-Perkins (cello) appeared in the Rochester presentation of NPR's From the Top. At that time Annie was just 16 years of age, but she had already accomplished so much. She studied cello with Kathy Kemp of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, won the Jo Amish Concerto Competition, the Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto Competition, and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Annie attended the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and was principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. 

She returned to the Hochstein Performance Hall in January 2018 to give a recital of music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, joined by pianist Benjamin Hopkins.  Jacobs-Perkins when on to USC's Thornton School of Music, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser, a former student and teaching assistant to Gregor Piatigorsky, with whom she participated in master classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

Not too many young musicians can include a glowing quote from The New Yorker's Alex Ross on their resume. Jacobs-Perkins can. He said of her performance of Martinu's Second Cello Sonata at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, for which Kirshbaum was artistic director, in June 2016: "Jacobs-Perkins delivered the desolate Largo with hypnotic lyricism, causing the listener to forget where they were for a moment."