Reviews

"Armed with Vision"
"Armed with vision, courage, a sense of humor and a devastating bow arm, violinist Colin Jacobsen is emerging as one of the most interesting figures on the classical music scene... The three biggest pieces on the program, Dvorak’s “Four Romantic Pieces”, the Janacek Sonata and an arrangement of Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango” were splendid showcases for Jacobsen’s talents. He lavished his gutsy, slightly grainy sound on the broad romanticism of Dvorak’s songlike lines, his up-bows sounding like they could go on forever. He exploded his way though Janacek’s angry outbursts and danced suggestively through Piazzolla’s big, showy extravaganza, but he made his strongest impression in the much more modest challenges of Biber’s delicacies, in which every touch was shaped to perfection."
The Washington Post
50 Favorite Albums of 2010 from NPR Music
50 Favorite Albums of 2010 from NPR Music
“I love it when an album like this comes along and you can tell immediately—from the playing, from the repertoire, from the engineering—that absolutely nothing was taken for granted. Brooklyn Rider rips through one of the trickiest classical quartets (Debussy's G minor from 1893) and makes it sound easy, but the group has surrounded it with pieces written in the last couple years. My favorite is 'Lydia's Reflection,' by one of the quartet's violinists, Colin Jacobsen -- music that's as still and clean as a northern lake at sunrise.”
NPR Music, December 2010 [Brian Newhouse, APM]
"Poetic Sensititity"
"The soloist...was Colin Jacobsen, who played with fine control and produced a limpid, crystalline sound. In the fast, middle movement (“Eryximachus”), Jacobsen delivered the perpetual-motion solo line with assurance and surefire accuracy, while the slower sections (the very moving “Agathon” movement, for instance) provided him with an avenue to play with poetic sensitivity."

“...the Bernstein (Serenade After Plato’s Symposium), with violinist Colin Jacobsen. It -- and he -- just plain rocked.”

The Eugene Register-Guard
"Tour de Force"
“...the driving, gypsy-inflected improvisations of Colin Jacobsen’s tour de force, Brooklesca.”
NPR Music (Fred Child, APM)
"Intimacy"
“...he shows a remarkable sense of intimacy with his instrument.” The Austin American-Statesmen
The Austin American Statesman
"Character"
“...coaxing every ounce of character out of each phrase.” The Strad
The Strad Magazine
"Lyrical"
“...born to the instrument and its sweet, lyrical qualities.”
The New York Times
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Radio

Jacobsen: Brooklesca
Jacobsen: Achille's Heel
Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
Beavers: Concerto for Violin and Narrator "Roscoe"
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64