Jacob Damelin is a pianist, composer and educator born in Toronto, Ontario.
Jacob attended the Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (RHSA) where he served as the musical director for his high school’s concert band. At the age of 15, Jacob orchestrated music in a variety of genres for the high school’s largest ensemble. The group recorded and performed across North America, most notably as the opening act at Levon Helm’s “Midnight Ramble” in 2009.
After graduating from RHSA Damelin studied at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. At Berklee Jacob was admitted into the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute in which he worked with Danilo Perez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano and other jazz greats. Outside of the classroom Damelin played in bands performing anything from country to hip-hop.
Upon graduation in 2013, Jacob returned to Toronto. Since his arrival Damelin has established himself in the music scene. He has performed with Pat LaBarbera, the Toronto Art Orchestra, Dear Sister and Sam Cash among others. He has also worked with world-renowned hip-hop producer Skratch Bastid as an instrumental arranger. Jacob leads his own quartet featuring some of the most talented young musicians in the city: Belinda Corpuz, Soren Nissen and Ian Wright.
Jacob teaches jazz, classical and popular music. He has taught at schools and colleges in the United States, Canada and India.
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