Widely regarded as one of Britain's leading pianists, Julian Jacobson has played in most of the major UK concert venues as well as in over 40 countries on five continents.
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Widely regarded as one of Britain's leading pianists, Julian Jacobson has played in most of the major UK concert venues as well as in over 40 countries on five continents. A former student of the Royal College of Music, he is now Professor of Piano there, as well as giving masterclasses internationally. As a student he was also a founder member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Julian has performed as soloist with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham and English Chamber Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and orchestras in Europe and the Middle East. He has recorded more than 20 CDs on labels including Decca Argo, Chandos, Hyperion and Meridian. In 2003 he made history by becoming the first pianist in the UK, and only the second anywhere, to perform the complete 32 Sonatas of Beethoven in a single day, at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, gaining worldwide media coverage and raising over £6000 for WaterAid. He plans to repeat the marathon in 2013, and to record the cycle on ten CDs.
In addition to his career as a pianist, Julian is also a composer (published by Bardic Editions) and conductor. His guitar piece "Fan-Tango" was recently given its first performance to great acclaim at London's Wigmore Hall by the Greek guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas. He has composed and conducted the music for several TV and feature films including "To The Lighthouse" and "We Think The World Of You". In "The Fourth Protocol" he made a screen appearance alongside Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.