Sonia Jacobsen has received numerous awards and prizes for her music, namely from IAJE/ASCAP, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, American Scandinavian Society, Danish Foreign Ministry/Cultural Affairs, and from L'Orchestre National de Jazz, France.

Her education includes a musicology degree from Lyon University (France), a “Gold Medal” in jazz saxophone and composition from Chambéry Conservatory (France), and a BFA in jazz from The New School University’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York). Her teachers included a.o. Richie Beirach, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, George Coleman, Vincent Herring, Robert Sadin, Maria Schneider and Reggie Workman. Furthermore she completed acoustic studies at L'Institut d'Acoustique et d'Electroacoustique, (Grenoble Conservatory, France.)

Her music has been performed by Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Philharmonia Virtuosi (NY), German-American Chamber Orchestra featuring Joe Lovano (NY), the New Juilliard Ensemble (NY), L’Orchestre National de Jazz (France), and the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra (LA). She has been musical director of a number of ensembles ranging from string quartet to big band to large orchestra (her most recent endeavor, the New York Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of which she is founder and musical director.)

She strives for a synthesis between the classical and jazz worlds by bridging them with her experience in world music and contemporary rhythms.

She is currently teaching at the New School University’s Jazz Department (NY).