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PAUL JACOBS

An eloquent champion of his instrument, arguing that the organ has been excluded for too long from the mainstream of classical music, the organist Paul Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence; he has also been an important influence in the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ. Hailed by the press as America’s leading organ performer, he is the first and only organist ever to have won a GRAMMY® Award (in 2011 for Messiaen’s towering Livre du Saint-Sacrement). He combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical skills with a repertoire that spans the gamut of music written for his instrument, both old and new. He has transfixed audiences, colleagues, and critics with landmark performances of the complete works for solo organ by J.S. Bach and Messiaen, as well as a vast array of other composers. A fierce advocate of new music, Paul Jacobs has given the premières of works by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Wayne Oquin, Stephen Paulus, and Christopher Theofanidis, among others. As a teacher he has also been a vocal proponent of the redeeming nature of traditional and contemporary classical music, which he fears is being diluted in a popular culture. As a recitalist and soloist with major orchestras, he has performed in all fifty United States and all over the world, including with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, National, and Pacific Symphonies. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007.

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