Praised by audiences and composers for his "gorgeous, lyrical tone, spectacular technique, and heartfelt musicality ..." Jacob Swanson has performed throughout North America and Europe on concert series, television, and radio. His first disc “Invisible Cities” (2016) was critically acclaimed byclevelandclassical.com calling Swanson “a soloist with impeccable taste”. In 2017, Swanson released “wired.” which featured all original compositions for soprano saxophone and electronic media. With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble, which he cofounded in 2011 with long-time collaborator Sarah Marchitelli. After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Raschèr with the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel's Duo Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014, he and Marchitelli presented the world premiere of this monumental work with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra directed by Todd Wilson, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Swanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree, a Master's of Music degree, and a Performer's Certificate from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied with saxophonist Dr. Wildy Zumwalt. He has additionally studied with Carina Raschèr. Swanson performs on American-made Buescher saxophones ca. 1930's and is a Vandoren Regional Artist.