Born in Hannover, Volker Jacobsen first studied with Christian Pohl and then with Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck.
His chamber music mentors and teachers include, members of the Emerson Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet and the Lasalle Quartet. A founding member of the Artemis Quartett in 1989, the ensemble’s international stature was established by winning First Prizes at the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” in 1995, the ARD Competition in Munich in 1996 and soon thereafter First Prize at the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia. He has performed intense concert activity in the most important festivals in Europe, the United States, South America, Japan and Australia.
Volker Jacobsen was Professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and Visiting Professor at the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. Following his years with the quartet, Volker Jacobsen became viola professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. He is widely known and appreciated as a teacher and is a very sought after chamber musician.
His chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Matthias Kirschnereit, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Daniel Gaede, Isabelle van Keulen, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam. He collaborates with the Bartholdy Quintet, the Humboldt Trio and the MAX Piano Quartet.