He graduated from the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin under Professors David Geringas and Claudio Bohorquez. Masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis, and Yo Yo Ma also shaped his artistic development.
Jakob Spahn has won many national and international awards and has performed concert tours in Europe, Asia, Middle and South America.
At the ARD International Music Competition in 2010, he was awarded a special prize by the Alice Rosner Foundation. As a beneficiary of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb scholarship, he qualified for the “Concerts of Young Artists”, a national selection of musicians. He was supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Association.
As a chamber musician, he has been on stage with renowned artists such as, Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Mitsuko Uchida, Lang Lang and the Scharoun Ensemble.
Jakob Spahn was also a fellowship holder at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.Since 2011 he plays as principal cellist with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.