Classical Pianist
Jacob Mason

In Spring 2013, at the age of fourteen, pianist Jacob Mason won the New World Symphony Concerto Competition, the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Ars Flores Concerto Competition with the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1.  His debut as soloist with the New World Symphony took place on April 13, 2013.  This triple-crown of concerti prizes are only a few of the accolades this upcoming young artist has achieved to date, predicting a stellar career as a performing soloist and collaborative pianist specializing in the most difficult classical and modern piano repertoire. 

At the age of five, Jacob Hindman Mason surprised his parents by coming home one Easter morning after hearing Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto played by a string quartet, and writing down the pitches that each of the four instruments had performed.  He began playing the piano at around the same age by ear so his parents rushed him to a teacher to begin piano lessons.  In Birmingham, Alabama, he studied with Nancy Wingard for six years.  His father won the Prix de Rome in composition when Jacob was seven, during which time Jacob studied with a Romanian piano teacher while living in Rome.

Upon moving to Miami, he studied piano with Naoko Takao at the University of Miami, Debora Sanchez at Encore Music Academy of Miami, and currently studies with Giselle Brodsky.  His mentors include Kemal Gekic and Santiago Rodriguez. In the summer of 2014 at Interlochen, Jacob was awarded the prestigious Maddy Summer Artist Award for piano performance.  In 2015, he was invited back to attend Interlochen’s Advanced Piano Institute, and also attended the Miami Music Summer Festival’s International Piano Festival Academy.

In past years, Jacob has won the Junior Division of the Alabama Music Teachers Association two years in a row, and first place in the Junior Division of the Sonata Competition. In Miami, Jacob has won several piano competitions and awards, including the Music Teachers National Association Piano Duet Competition at the state level, a Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship, and the Miami Music Teachers Foundation’s Merit Scholarship and Elsa Conde Senior Piano Ensemble Scholarship. 

Winning the Ars Flores Concerto Competition earned Jacob a partial scholarship to attend the International Music Institute and Festival USA in July of 2013.  Jacob was one of five musicians attending the camp selected for a four-day, eight concert tour afterward, representing IMIF.

Jacob comes from a musical family: both his father and mother are composers and professors at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  Jacob graduated from Sunrise School of Music in 2012 year, and currently attends the Miami Arts Charter School, majoring in piano, and accompanying the MAC Choral Program, singers, and instrumental soloists, and conducting and performing with the MAC Orchestra. He is also the pianist for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.