Percussionist Jacob Nissly of the San Francisco Symphony Joins the Yamaha Artist Family

7/14/2014 [Percussion]

INDIANAPOLIS (July 14, 2014) — Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis announced that Jacob Nissly, principal percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony, has joined the Yamaha Percussion Artist family.

Nissly earned a Bachelor of Music and Jazz Studies degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Burritt, James Ross, Paul Wertico and Joel Spencer. He received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, having studied with Greg Zuber and Dan Druckman.

Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Nissly served as the principal percussionist of the Cleveland and Detroit symphonies. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Several of Nissly's summers have been spent performing with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

"Jacob brings a high level of artistry to the Yamaha Percussion Artist Roster," said John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis. "Coupled with his strong commitment to education, he is a solid fit with our family. We are here to support his endeavors as his career with the San Francisco Symphony continues to grow."

Nissly maintains a robust teaching schedule, serving as adjunct professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Additionally, he has taught classes at The Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, Florida State University, Ohio State University, Indiana University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, among others.

"The consistency in quality of all the Yamaha percussion instruments sets them apart," said Nissly. "I love playing Yamaha because no matter where in the world I travel to play, I know what to expect. The future for innovation and development is auspicious with a company like Yamaha."

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