He 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 performed with renowned artists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang. Jakob Spahn also worked as a fellow of the "Karajan Academy" of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is 1. Solo cellist of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.