Bournville Lunchtime Concerts

3rd May
Julian plays the second book of Debussy Preludes

Beethoven Lecture-recitals

Julian will give three lecture-recitals on famous Beethoven sonatas at the Red Hedgehog, Highgate, London N6 5BS, on Thursdays March 28 (Pathétique), April 18 (Appassionata) and May 23 (opus 109) at 7.30. Each talk will end with a complete performance of the sonata.


JUST ANNOUNCED! Julian plays the complete Debussy Preludes, Books 1 and 2, in a single concert at the 101 Arts Club, Waterloo, London on June 6th. A rare opportunity to hear these seminal early 20th century masterpieces in a single concert. Booking open now!
The direct link to the box office is https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-xmjogvd
Facebook event > https://www.facebook.com/events/323395957350631


Finally published by Edition Skellton, my transcription of Dvorak’s Rondo op 94 for cello and piano was originally written for my Meridian double CD of Dvorak’s complete violin and piano music with Susanne Stanzeleit. I hope my transcription will win many new friends for this delightful piece!

Dvorak, Antonin: Rondo op. 94 – Edition Skellton
Buy the CD here

On Thursday February 1st 2024 at 2pm Julian returns to St Mary’s Perivale for a recital of French music. He says:

“I have loved French piano music ever since I learnt Debussy’s Arabesque no.1 at the age of 9, followed shortly after by no.2. I’m delighted to be returning to St Mary’s with this fresh, colourful, enchanting repertoire, in anticipation of my performances of the complete 24 Debussy Preludes later in 2024 – details coming soon! My programme finishes with the explosive Bourrée fantasque of Emmanuel Chabrier, one of the most perfect of all French piano pieces.”

Entrance is free and the concert will be live-streamed on St Mary’s website, YouTube and Vimeo


Debussy Two Arabesques
Fauré 6th Nocturne
Fauré 3rd Valse-Caprice
Ravel Menuet antique
Satie Gymnopédie no.1
Satie 4th Nocturne
Chabrier Bourrée fantasque

Friday 12th Jan 2024

Strand International Piano Series 2023-4 (Concert 7): Julian Jacobson

William Byrd – Pavane “Earl of Salisbury”
Beethoven – Sonata in E flat op 7
William Byrd – Jhon Come Kisse Me Now
Beethoven – Sonata in F sharp op 78
Debussy – Two Preludes:
– Des pas sur la neige
– Général Lavine Eccentric
Albeniz  – Triana (From Iberia, Book 2 no.3)


Blackheath Halls

Monday December 4th 2023 1.10pm The Hearn Recital Room
Complete programme:
William Byrd Earl of Salisbury Pavan
Chopin Mazurka op 6 no 3 in E
Debussy (Preludes Book 1 nos 1-6):
1. Danseuses de Delphes
Chopin Mazurka op 17 no 4 in A minor
Debussy 2. Voiles
Chopin Mazurka op 63 no 1 in B
Debussy 3. Le Vent dans la plaine
Chopin Mazurka op 63 no 2 in F minor
Debussy 4. “Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir”
Chopin Mazurka op 63 no 3 in C sharp minor
Debussy 5. Les collines d’Anacapri
Chopin Mazurka op 33 no 2 in D
Debussy 6. Des pas sur la neige
Chopin Polonaise in F sharp minor op 44 “Tragic”

Beethoven Marathon

On Saturday November 12th 2022 Julian repeated his amazing marathon of the complete 32 Beethoven sonatas in a single day, which he last performed in London in October 2013. This”marathon” is Julian’s personal challenge to himself in advance of his 75th birthday, and six days later he repeated it in Uruguay on his actual birthday. The London venue is St John’s Church Waterloo.
Julian’s personal blog on the project is here

The performance was split into three sessions: morning, afternoon, and evening.

Julian has successfully accomplished his two marathon performances of the complete Beethoven sonatas from memory in London, November 12 2022, and Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay, November 18 – his 75th birthday!
This is the review of the Uruguay performance.
A highlight of the festival was Julian Jacobson’s Beethoven’s Marathon. A larger audience than expected, which grew to a full house in the evening, marveled at the expressive and technical clarity with which Mr. Jacobson dispatched all 32 Sonatas from memory. It was a masterclass in concentration and a brilliant demonstration of how to use one’s physical and emotional resources. The public, knowing they had experienced a once in a lifetime experience, gave him the loudest and longest ovation of the six day festival.

Beethoven’s Appassionata Piano Sonata Op.57.
Part of Julian’s Beethoven Marathon – all 32 Piano Sonatas played in one day. St Martin in the Fields Trafalgar Square, 15th October 2013; 9.15am — 10pm.

Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
Immediately following the start of the first coronavirus lockdown, Julian determined to play a short piece every day, live from his studio in London. These “Lockdown Coffee Concerts” took place at 11 every morning from March 24 2020 till the beginning of May. The broadcasts aimed to bring a regular moment of relaxation and beauty at a very difficult time and acquired a substantial following.
Julian finished on a grand note with Liszt’s mighty transcription of Isolde’s Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

Julian’s “Vers La Valse”, for solo flute/alto flute and orchestra

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

“…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.

Other photos

Read more here…..http://www.theredhedgehog.co.uk/240328JulianJacobson.html