Jacob Nissly


Jacob Nissly appears with the NZSO supported by Tim Fulton and Anna Greenwood

Jacob Nissly is the Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony.

Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Nissly was the Principal Percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons and the Principal Percussionist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for one season. Nissly also spent two years as a fellow in the New World Symphony.

Nissly is the Chair of the percussion department and Professor of Percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Nissly is also a regular coach at the New World Symphony. He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a percussion coach for the Aspen Music Festival since 2019, National Youth Orchestra-USA, Verbier Festival and others. Nissly can be heard on recordings with the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and playing drum set on the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Grammy award winning recording of John Adams' "City Noir.” In 2019, Nissly premiered Adam Schoenberg’s Percussion Concert “Losing Earth” with the San Francisco Symphony and will perform the concerto during the 2023-24 season with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and University of Texas Wind Ensemble.

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

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