BiographyHe retired in 1995 - during which time he conducted about 640 concerts and plays held 10,000.
At birth, Jacob was given the name Jacob Avshalom Aronovich Avshalumov. He was born March 28, 1919 in Qingdao, China (Tsingtao, China). His father was Avshalom Aharon (Aaron Avshalomov), the Chinese- American composer ,born in the Russian Empire (Russian Empire), who was known for the originality of the musical material flow east into western forms. Jacob `s mother was from San Francisco (San Francisco). From early childhood, his father was engaged in music education of the future composer. In eight years, Absalom came from China to Portland (Portland), together with their parents, and in 1927 they were for several months staying with Jacques Hershkowitz (Jacques Gershkovitch), Russian musician and conductor and the first head of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra (Portland Junior Symphony). Father Jacob befriended Hershkowitz in the East, when Jacob was three years old.
Then Avshalomovyh family returned to China because they had no permanent residence visas. Up to fifteen years, Jacob was in the British and American schools and then worked in a factory in Tianjin (Tientsin) for four years ,Shanghai (Shanghai) and Beijing (Beijing). He was an avid athlete and won the championship in diving North China.
In 1937, he helped his father in Shanghai, with the production of the ballet, and worked on the scores. After the invasion of Japan (Japan) in China Avshalom he enlisted in the British volunteer militia, but in the end ,in December 1937 he returned with his mother to the United States (United States). He spent a year in Los Angeles (Los Angeles), studied with Ernst Toch (Ernst Toch), followed by two years, from 1939 to 1941, he studied at Reed College (Reed College) in Portland and with the support Hershkowitz was playing in a youth orchestra. He then spent two years at Eastman School of Music (Eastman School of Music), studied composition and orchestration at the Bernard Rogers (Bernard Rogers).
During World War II he lived in London (London), where he conducted the execution of `St John Passion` Johann Sebastian Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach`s).After the war, Absalom got a scholarship Ditsona (Ditson Fellowship) and joined the faculty at Columbia University (Columbia University), where he taught from 1946 to 1954. There he conducted the American premiere of `Mass No. 1` Anton Bruckner (Anton Bruckner) and `A Child of Our Time` Michael Tippett (Michael Tippett).From 1968 to 1974 he was a member of the National Humanities Council (National Humanities Council), and from 1977 to 1979 - in the agency `National Endowment for the Arts`. After Hershkowitz death in 1953 Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra ,which since 1978 is called the Youth Philharmonic Portland (Portland Youth Philharmonic), led by guest conductors, and one of them was Avshalom.
In 1954, he became the second conductor of the orchestra, toured with them abroad and led several records.
In 1970m under the guidance Avshalomova band went on their first international tour.
In 1984 the orchestra celebrated its 60th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the activities of Jacob Avshalomova as a conductor.
He retired in 1995 - during which time he conducted about 640 concerts and plays held 10,000. Jacob owns several symphonic works. Cantata `How Long Oh Lord` was recorded in the late 60`s the label ` Composers Recordings, Inc.` with two works of his father. Among his other works recorded on `CRI`, were ` Phases of the Great Land`, `Inscriptions at the City of Brass`,` The Taking of T`ung Kuan` and `Prophesy`. In 1959th symphony he wrote `The Oregon` in honor of the 100th anniversary of Oregon