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New Orleans-based cellist Jacob Fowler is the Founding Director of the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series (Outer Banks, North Carolina), and frequently performs with the Houston and San Antonio Symphonies. He is also a Festival Artist at the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival in New Orleans, where he has performed with members of the Manhattan Chamber Players, Dover and Escher Quartets and the Lysander Trio since the festival’s founding in 2016.


Past festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Institute, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), and Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). In March of 2019, Mr. Fowler was a featured artist at the SXSW Festival performing in the HBO/Games of Thrones and American Red Cross production Bleed for the Throne, which received national coverage.  Mr. Fowler can also be heard on the 2019 soundtrack recording of the Alley Theater production Constellations.

Mr. Fowler is a former tenured member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and former Principal Cellist of the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra, with which he travelled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Along with these appointments, he was an adjunct cello professor at Virginia Wesleyan College, the Fei Tian Academy and Fei Tian College. Mr. Fowler has toured throughout China as a Principal Cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie. He has also made regular appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Richmond and Williamsburg Symphonies, and Mannheim Steamroller.


In Virginia, Mr. Fowler was a regular performer with the Norfolk Chamber Consort and the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, was a founding member of the New Commonwealth String Quartet and for four years was Coordinator of the John Duffy Composers Institute.  He performs regularly at Bargemusic in Brooklyn and has been a Festival Artist at the Festival de Febrero in Ajijic, Mexico.  In November of 2014, Mr. Fowler collaborated with Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company to perform the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassadó with choreography by Ricardo Melendez, which opened with great success and was hailed by M.D. Ridge of Norfolk's WHRO as "the pièce de résistance.  [Mr. Fowler] sang sweetly...and the result was spectacular."


A former student of Norman Fischer, Alan Harris, and Desmond Hoebig, Mr. Fowler holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX.

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  • Private/Group Lessons​

  • Orchestral Programs

  • Recording Projects

  • Solo Engagements

  • Chamber Music

  • Private Concerts​






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