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Julian is delighted to announce his first concert since lockdown, in the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Perivale. This will be live-streamed at 4 pm UK time on Sunday June 28 and available to view at any later date. The programme includes his own transcription of the sublime Sarabande from Bach’s 6th Suite, Chopin’s “Funeral March” Sonata and pieces by Granados and Rachmaninov. Do join him if you can!
http://www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk/events-2020-06-28.shtml


LAUNCH OF JACOBSON-BROWN DUO KICKSTARTER!

On June 1st our campaign to fund our next CD, which includes my transcriptions for piano duet of Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and 2nd Rhapsody, goes live. Please consider supporting us with any amount, however small!
Please follow the link for all information


Daily Coffee Piano Moment

Julian’s daily online performance on Twitter – a short (3-8 minute) piece every day at 11.


Beethoven Marathon

March 9th 2020
On March 9th Julian is a special guest in a marathon performance of all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in a single day put on by Radley College in Oxford’s famous Sheldonian Theatre, playing the mighty final C minor Sonata op 111 at 1 pm
https://sheldonian.ox.ac.uk/event/beethoven-the-complete-piano-sonatas-in-12-hours


Julian’s “Vers La Valse”, for solo flute/alto flute and orchestra can now be heard on Youtube

Ileana Ruhemann, flute
Syred Sinfonia, conductor Julian Jacobson
St James’s Church Piccadilly, February 2007


Two concerts in 2019 International Festival of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

In Teatro Solis, Montevideo, after performance of Bach Concerto in D minor for Three Pianos



With the Long Sisters Piano Duo, Beatrice and Christina



November 13, 20:30 h., Bastión del Carmen
Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ligia Amadio
J.S.Bach Concerto In D minor for three pianos, BWV 1063
with Ciro Fodere and Chee Hang See


Concert repeated on November 14 in Teatro Solis, Montevideo


November 15, 21:00 h., Bastión del Carmen
Piano recital. Programme to include:
Mily Balakirev Valse di Bravura In G major


Cambridge Sinfonietta

Sat 14th December 2019
St Faith’s School
Trumpington Road
Cambridge
CB2 8AG

More info: http://www.cambridge-sinfonietta.org/


The Complete Chopin Sonatas Meet Ligeti Etudes

June 29th 2020
Chopin’s three Piano Sonatas are set in relief by two of György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes, with pianist Julian Jacobson.
The highly charged Romanticism of Chopin and the intricately sculpted abstract modernism of Ligeti might seem to have little in common.
Jacobson proposes that they share a richly creative and exploratory use of the piano and an unparalleled mastery of keyboard texture.
He presents Chopin’s two mature sonatas – the heroic, stormy opus 35, with the funeral march at its heart, and the serenely beautiful opus 58, written towards the end of the composer’s brief life, alongside his early student work, the opus 4 Sonata.
Chopin’s first piano sonata, written at the age of sixteen, has been almost totally overshadowed by his two great later sonatas.
Nevertheless, it is full of tantalising glimpses of Chopin’s mature style and already displays his genius as a pianist and writer for the piano.
These works are interspersed with two of Ligeti’s endlessly inventive Piano Etudes.
Jacobson himself gave the critically acclaimed first UK performance of Book One of the Etudes at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1987. His recording for BBC Radio 3 was highly praised by the composer.
In recent years Jacobson has become widely admired as a performer of Beethoven, including his three celebrated ‘marathon’ performances of all 32 in a single day, and as Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.
In this recital he returns to his early love of Chopin as well as reliving his commitment to Ligeti’s Etudes.
More info: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/128320-complete-chopin-sonatas-meet-ligeti-etudes-2020


“…Jacobson’s focused, colourful playing brought alive Beethoven’s late gems with thrilling drama…”
Read more here…..
Musical Opinion Quarterly

“…A disarming technique coupled with an undoubted intellectual mastery
made Julian Jacobson’s recital an awe-inspiring experience…”
Daily Telegraph

“…Real poise, delicacy of touch and judicious pedalling… stylish and enchanting…”
The Guardian

“…this major British voice in world-ranking pianism, so justly celebrated by his faithful following…”
Music & Vision Daily

Recital in the South of France July 2019 – photo taken by Jeremy Cook.

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