Julian Jacobson: Piano

Artist Manager: Caroline Slade


Julian Jacobson is one of Britain’s most creative and distinctive pianists, with a career spanning fifty years and performances in the foremost venues across five continents. Julian has been widely acclaimed for his mastery of a huge classical repertoire as well as his commitment to contemporary music. He gave the UK premiere of Ligeti’s now-famous Etudes Book 1 and has commissioned composers such as Michael Nyman who wrote “Time Will Pronounce” for his ensemble the Trio of London. A noted exponent of Beethoven, he has performed the complete cycle of 32 sonatas ten times, three of these being “marathon” performances in which he played the complete canon (from memory) in a single day. His extensive discography includes the complete sonatas of Weber, Carnival of the Animals with the LSO, albums of Schumann, Dvořák and Balakirev, and much chamber music. Julian is currently a professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is Chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

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concerto repertoire

Beethoven Concerto nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Triple Concerto; Choral Fantasy

Berg Chamber Concerto

Brahms Concerto no. 1 in D Minor; Concerto no. 2 in B flat

Chopin Concerto no. 1 in E minor; Concerto no. 2 in F minor

Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Theme

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue; Second Rhapsody; Concerto in F

Grieg Concerto in A minor

Joseph Horovitz Jazz Piano Concerto

Liszt Concerto no. 1 in E flat

Mozart All Concertos from K.414 in A

Rachmaninov Concerto no.2 in C minor; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Ravel Concerto in G; Concerto in D for Left Hand

Schumann Concerto in A minor

Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor

Weber Concerto no. 2 in E flat

in performance

Debussy: Deux Arabesques / Kapustin: Piano Sonata No. 6 Op. 62 / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’ / Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op. 111

discography (selected)


Gershwin regarded the Second Rhapsody as “the finest thing he had written”. Listening to it uncovers a subtler, more nuanced style of writing. … This performance for four hands on one piano was devised by one of the pianists, Julian Jacobson. It is absorbing and enjoyable, and it amply reveals “its subtleties and creative development”. … All the excitement, pizzazz and romance of the original score are retained, and often enhanced, in this exemplary recital. Enough said: great playing by Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown, excellent liner notes, and a splendid recording.”

John France, MusicWeb International (‘Manhattan to Montmartre’, 2021)