Meet Jacob Beranek


JACOB BERANEK (b. 1998) is an American composer of music rooted in melody and organic structure, with a unique perspective in honoring traditions—musical, religious, or even his Czech heritage. He served as the inaugural Composer-in-Residence of the Midsummer’s Music Festival from 2017-20, and his works have been championed by such acclaimed groups as The Gesualdo Six (London), the Band of the Castle Guards & Czech Police (Prague), the Dolce Suono Ensemble (Philadelphia), the Wisconsin Philharmonic (Waukesha), and the GRAMMY®-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble (Nashville). Upcoming highlights in 2021 include performances by the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, the Euterpe Quintet in South Korea’s Seoul Art Center, and the Vanderbilt Musik Akademie in Berlin, as well as a recording with the Brno Philharmonic and Mikel Toms.

Beranek is an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program, NFMC Junior Composers Institute, and the Talis Festival & Academy, and is currently pursuing a B.M. in Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. A dedicated scholar of Czech music due to his heritage, Beranek was honored by the American ambassador to Czechia in 2018 during a performance of his music in Prague Castle for the country’s centenary celebration.

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