Jacob Hanegan


Principal Cello, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

After participating in the 2020 virtual season, cellist Jacob Hanegan is excited to join the musicians of the Sun Valley Music Festival for his first in-person season this summer. Lauded for his “robust tone and sensitivity”, Jacob is the principal cellist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, serves as principal of the Chicago Opera Theater, and enjoys regular performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A 2018 alum of The New World Symphony, Hanegan spent his time there working with leading cellists and conductors from around the world under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. As a lover of opera, he has performed with Seattle Opera and the Des Moines Metro Opera, along with serving as principal of the Aspen Opera Center Orchestra, the Shepherd School Opera Orchestra, and the Eastman Opera Orchestra. He has performed chamber music collaborations with members of the Cleveland Quartet and Emerson Quartet, along with many contemporary music performances in Milwaukee, Chicago, Miami, Houston, and New York. Hanegan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Steven Doane (BM), and Rice University Shepherd School of Music where he studied with Desmond Hoebig (MM).


A recent transplant to Wisconsin, he is happily engaged to his much-acclaimed harpist fiancé Julia Coronelli, principal harpist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and guest principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.