Next Concert

Violin and Piano Recital

Feb 29th 2020
Bogdan Vacarescu and Julian Jacobson

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

Chapel Royal Lunchtime Concert

March 24th 2020
Julian Jacobson (pno) Beethoven Birthday Celebration for 26th March 1827. Sonata No.29 ‘Hammerklavier’
Actually Beethoven’s death-day, not his birthday!
This is in advance of Julian’s April residency at the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University, California in April.

Artist in Residence

April 2020
In April Julian will be the artist-in-residence at the prestigious Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San José State University, California. He will perform a 250th Birthday Beethoven recital with the “Hammerklavier” and “Tempest” Sonatas, give a masterclass and judge the 34th annual Celia Mendez Young Pianists’ Beethoven Competition.
As a prelude to his visit, Julian plays the “Hammerklavier” in the Chapel Royal, Brighton (“Brighton’s best kept secret for 25 years”) on March 24 at 1.10 pm.
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

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