Brooklyn based flautist and multi-instrumentalist, Jacob Mortensen began studying flute independently at the age of ten. His first formal lessons were given by Dr. Yvonne Chavez-Hansbrough, Professor of Flute at the College of Saint Rose while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in music with minors in mathematics and American studies. Other teachers with whom Jacob has studied include Keith Underwood, Barbara Siesel, Caitlyn Ippolito, and Robert Dick. Mr. Mortensen is a recent graduate of New York University having completed both his Masters in Woodwind Performance, in conjunction with an Artist Diploma in Performance from the Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development. Whilst completing his degree requirements he held a teaching position with NYU as Adjunct Instructor of Flute.
Jacob has had the honor to perform with various ensembles throughout his educational and professional career including, the CSR and NYU Symphony Orchestras and woodwind quintet as well as the Daisy Jopling Band. An avid fan of chamber music Mr. Mortensen can be heard performing in various small ensembles and was a founding member of the College of Saint Rose double reed ensemble and the Village Winds. In 2014 he had the opportunity to perform Aaron Copland’s duo concerto “Quiet City” for English Horn and Trumpet as the English horn soloist, as a winner of the 2014 Patricia Brady-Danzig Concerto Competition. Jacob has appeared in concerts and recitals given at; Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, NYU Skirball, Abroms Playhouse, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, The First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Springfield Symphony Hall, the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, and the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, NY. Mr. Mortensen will also have the honor of performing Franz Doppler's Concerto for Two Flutes, with Miss Victoria Santospago and the NYU Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2018.