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Quote by Veronica Franco, trans. Margaret F. Rosenthal

Jumpsuit purchased from Goodwill Boston

Photo by Geneva Lewis

Cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins wants to do more than make art; she wants to turn her life into a piece of art. Annie’s love of interdisciplinary work has led her to collaborate with painters, dancers, potters, cheesemongers, fashion designers, boxers, composers, poets, woodworkers, essayists, knitters, and farmers. She believes that it is the sacred duty of an artist to highlight and protect beauty that already exists in the world, and as such, is a passionate participant in local, sustainable agriculture and boycotter of fast fashion. Music is one of the ways she digs her toes into the earth around her.

Praised for anything from “hypnotic lyricism, causing listeners to forget where they were for a moment” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) to "delightfully pluck[ing] and slapp[ing] her cello like a rockabilly upright bassist" (The Democrat and Chronicle), Annie is known for “eras[ing] all kinds of boundaries” (USC Thornton School of Music) with her music. Annie takes inspiration from composer and architect Iannis Xenakis’s idea of the “artist conceptor:” an artist knowledgeable enough in the liberal arts and sciences to find ways of bringing them together in new forms. 

After winning the Father Merlet Award from the Pro Musicis Foundation in 2022, Annie commissioned composers Stratis Minakakis and Daniel Temkin to write two works for cello and piano responding to the climate crisis. Working with living composers such as Timo Andres, Brett Dean, Konstantia Gourzi, Jessie Montgomery, Jeffrey Mumford, and Jörg Widmann has been some of the most rewarding work of her career.

In 2020, Annie was hired as principal cellist of Joshua Weilerstein’s Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, a group in Boston committed to performing classical concerts in non-traditional venues. As cellist of the Woodstock Duo, Annie won the Gluck Fellowship in 2015, resulting in over twenty outreach performances in hospitals, transitional housing units, homeless shelters, nursing homes, libraries, schools, and prisons. 

Annie is the 2022 winner of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Emerging Soloist Competition. She was a 2021 young-artist-in-residence at NPR’s Performance Today, where she performed a program on baroque and modern cello of Gabrielli, Carter, Hensel, Stravinsky, and Mumford. In 2019, Annie won the NEC Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn's second cello concerto with the NEC Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed as a soloist with the Burbank Philharmonic, Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. In 2015 Annie won the Thornton School’s Solo Bach Competition and the Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition. Earlier that same year she appeared on the NPR show “From the Top.”

Annie is a member of the Callisto Piano Trio, the youngest group to medal in the senior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed in venues such as The Library of Congress, Het Concertgebouw, Jordan Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Carnegie Hall. She has participated in the Ravinia Steans Institute, Yellow Barn Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Perlman Music Program, and she has collaborated with artists such as Anthony Marwood, Miriam Fried, Viviane Hagner, Lucy Shelton, the Mark Morris Dance Company, and members of the Verona and Kuss Quartets. 

Annie writes program notes for the Yellow Barn Festival every summer. She holds minors in English and German Studies from her alma mater, the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar. In 2020 Annie guest lectured at McGill University on the topic of writing engaging program notes.

Annie studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Troels Svane. She held the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship at the New England Conservatory, where she completed her Master of Music and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser. She completed her Bachelor of Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she was a 2018 Outstanding Graduate in Ralph Kirshbaum’s class. Other influential teachers include Kathleen Murphy Kemp, Guy Fishman, David Geringas, Geoff Dyer, and Thomas Gustafson. 

Annie spends her free time foraging for indigenous edible plants, relearning the history of the United States from the perspective of BIPOC, feminist, and LGBTQ+ communities, pretending to be a dog with her dogs Georgie and Farley, and adoring her nephew Charlie. Annie’s historical role models are the Ice Princess of the Ukok Peninsula, Hypsicratea, Veronica Franco, George Eliot, Jane Austen, and Ennio Bolognini.

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