Jacob Damelin is a pianist, composer and educator based in Toronto, Canada.
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 an exclusive program in which he worked with Danilo Perez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano and other jazz giants. Outside of the classroom Damelin played in bands performing anything from jazz to 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, Kirk MacDonald, Ted Quinlan and Luis Deniz among others. He has also worked with world-renowned hip-hop producer Skratch Bastid as an instrumental arranger.
Jacob is also a well-respected piano teacher. He teaches jazz, classical and popular music privately. He has directed ensembles at Humber Community Music (Toronto) as well as the Global Music Institute (New Delhi).