Sat March 7, 2009
Concert organist Paul Jacobs
"Paul Jacobs, the shockingly youthful head of the Juilliard School's organ department, is an important, genteel revisionist of his instrument..." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
A graduate of Curtis Institute and Yale, organist Paul Jacobs made musical history at age 23 when, on the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach in 2000, he played the composer's complete organ music in an 18-hour, non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh. In 2003 Jacobs was invited to join the faculty of The Juilliard School, and the following year, he was named chairman of the organ department--one of the youngest faculty appointments in the school's history.
Today, Jacobs is hailed for his solid musicianship, prodigious technique, and vivid interpretive imagination in performances throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. He is also widely acknowledged for reinvigorating the American organ scene with a fresh performance style and, according to The Baltimore Sun, "an unbridled joy of music-making."
Paul Jacobs Website