Jake Nissly

Jake Nissly

Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony

Jacob Nissly is the Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony. Previously, Nissly was the Principal Percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a fellow at the New World Symphony. Nissly is the Co-Chair of the percussion department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches at the Aspen Music Festival. In October 2019 Nissly premiered Adam Schoenbergs percussion concerto œLosing Earth with the San Francisco Symphony.

Nissly holds a Bachelor of Music and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Premiering Adam Schoenberg's "Losing Earth" percussion concerto with the San Francisco Symphony in October 2019. Adam wrote the piece for me and it combined my background of orchestral, drum set, and drum corps percussion.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Hearing new music constantly and learning so much from my students.