"Jacob Kellermann´s guitar does wonders with Schubert"
- Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter
"The playing itself is of
the highest order, the programme satisfying from start to finish. The ingenious arrangements are by Kellermann himself"
- David Threasher, Gramophone Magazine
"A complete work of art, a
wide array of expressions
with the superb guitarist
Jacob Kellermann in the centre "
- Camilla Lundberg (on Staern's Guitar Concerto), Dagens Nyheter
"Excellent playing, sensitive arrangements"
-Andrew McGregor, BBC Record Review
Jacob Kellermann (born 1984) has established himself as one of the most active guitarists of his generation. Born in Stockholm, he began his guitar studies at the age of eight.
Regularly performing in major Swedish venues, he has appeared internationally in venues including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prinzregententheater and Gasteig Munich, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Seoul Art Center and Brucknerhaus Linz. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as Gävle Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexiko) and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea). Future engagements during season 20-21 include solo appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and Israel Contemporary Players.
Equally in demand as a chamber musician, he regularly performs with string players and singers all over Europe and have made critically acclaimed appearances and tours in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, China, Japan and South Korea.
With an extensive repertoire that often features his own transcriptions, he constantly searches for new expressive possibilities for the guitar. Close collaborations with numerous composers including Sofia Gubaidulina, Jose M. Sanchez-Verdu, Francisco Coll, Jersper Nordin and Benjamin Staern has resulted in numerous works and concertos written directly for him. He has premiered new guitar concertos with major Scandinavian new music ensembles BIT20 Bergen and Norrbotten NEO. Jacob Kellermann is also a member and co-founder of the Dutch-based New European Ensemble.
Jacob Kellermann has recorded two critically acclaimed CD:s on BIS records (S. Gubaidulina “Repentance” – 2014 and Schubert Sonatas - 2018). His third album, focusing on Spanish guitar concertos, is to be the released on the same label in the fall 2020, presenting Rodrigos famous Concerto de Aranjuez together with London Philharmonic Orchestra aswell as new concertos dedicated to him.
Jacob Kellermann has studied in Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. He received his "Meisterklasse Diplom" under prof. Franz Halasz at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 2011. He plays on an instrument by the German luthier Matthias Dammann.