Biographies: Robert Anderson | Jacob Szekely, Co-Founder SPLA

Robert Anderson - Violin

Artistic Director - String Project | LA


ROBERT ANDERSON has been performing, recording, and composing in the Los Angeles area since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He was a founding member of the jazz string quartet SUPERNOVA from 2002-2005 and is currently performing with pioneering electric jazz trio EARTHA AUSTRIA, country artist ANGELA WOOD, pop/rock band UNCLE DADDY, and Bear McCreary's Battlestar Galactica Orchestra. Other notable performances include stage and television appearances with Katie Melua, Paul Oakenfold, Rhianna , and Pink.

As co-founder and music director of String Project Los Angeles, established in 2006, Robert enjoys teaching the art of improvisation and encouraging musical creativity in young string players. An active clinician for Yamaha Strings. Robert travels throughout the US to educate teachers and students about creative string playing. He is co-director and arranger for the Electric Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA, and is a violin coach for the Santa Monica High School orchestras and the “Elemental Strings” program.

Robert is a faculty member of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in the new Popular Music program, teaching jazz and alternative violin.

Jacob Szekely - Cello

Artistic Director - String Project | LA


Jacob Szekely is a true musical rarity. As a performer, Mr. Szekely is one of the few legitimate improvising string players in the world, and one of only a handful of cellists who has developed a jazz/funk concept on his instrument. In addition to being in great demand as a sideman, performing with the likes of Mary J Blige and Jay Z, Jacob performs regularly with his own groups including: Supernova (jazz/fusion quartet), The Eartha Austria Trio (electric jazz), Quarteto Nuevo (world music), Uncle Daddy (acoustic pop) and Yellow Light Go (singer songwriter). Jacob is also active as a composer and arranger and has collaborated with a wide range of artists and ensembles from string quartets and world music groups, to commissions for chamber orchestra and children's choirs.

Much in demand as a studio musician, Jacob has played in over one hundred national TV spots. Mr. Szekely is most widely associated with the television music of Bear Mcreary, performing in string quartets for such hit TV shows as Battlestar Gallactica, and most recently in an electric string ensemble for The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox.

In addition to his performances, Mr. Szekely devotes his time to education and outreach. Szekely is co-founder and artistic director of String Project Los Angeles (SPLA), America's first and only music school dedicated to creative string playing. The school has been featured in Strings Magazine and International Musician and has hosted master classes with a virtual who's who of the creative string world. Under Mr. Szekely's leadership, String Project continues to grow as a resource for the alternative string playing community throughout the country. In addition to teaching at String Project, Mr. Szekely travels throughout the country as a Yamaha Clinician performing and educating string players and teachers alike. Mr. Szekely is a Yamaha clinician, and is endorsed by NS Design and Danish Professional Audio microphones. This past summer, Mr. Szekely was invited to be on the faculty of jazz violin master Christian Howes's Creative Strings Workshop (CSW) in Columbus Ohio.

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