Biography

INGRID MARIA JACOBY, piano

Ingrid Jacoby is internationally acclaimed both as a recording and performing artist. Ms Jacoby has won numerous awards, including the Artists Presentation Award, the Steinway Hall Artists Prize, the Baldwin National Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the gold prize at the Concert Artists Guild Award, in a field of over 1,300 entrants. This resulted in a highly successful debut recital at Carnegie Hall.

Since moving to England, Ms Jacoby, who is now a dual United States and United Kingdom citizen, has performed at many London venues and with many orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players. She has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Charles MacKerras, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Jane Glover, Vasily Petrenko, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Constantine Orbelian, Walter Susskind, Jacek Kaspcyk, and Lord (Yehudi) Menuhin. Enthusiastic notices have followed concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Fairfield Hall, and St John’s Smith Square. Ms Jacoby has performed at Mansion House for the Lord Mayor, as well as in the presence of HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales at Apsley House.

In addition to her performances at top music festivals, such as Aspen and Aldeburgh, Ms. Jacoby has also played Mozart concerti both at Italy’s most prestigious festival, the Ravello Festival, and at the Salzburg Music Festival in the Mozarteum.

Ingrid Jacoby’s recordings include:

— Beethoven solo piano works voted the Classic FM “Top Classic Release”;
— Korngold’s solo piano pieces, a world premiere recording;
— “Russian Piano” which was named one Gramophone critic’s “Pick of the Year”;
— Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya piano concerti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras which earned the highest commendation of the American Record Guide;
— Grieg and Schumann piano concerti also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and
— Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” and Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Russian National Orchestra.

In 2013, Ms Jacoby completed her recordings of the five Beethoven piano concerti with Sinfonia Varsovia to rave reviews. That same year, she issued a very popular CD entitled “Ingrid Jacoby, A Musical Portrait.”

After working with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Ms Jacoby is the only pianist since Alfred Brendel to be invited by Sir Neville to record all 27 Mozart piano concerti with him. Sir Neville honoured Ms Jacoby by personally writing this in a public letter of support. (See the Review section of this website.) The first three CDs of this significant project were broadcast internationally and received the highest accolades. This series came to an end with the death of Sir Neville in 2016.

In recent years, Ms Jacoby completed a 6-city concert tour of China; played with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at the United States embassy in Moscow; gave a recital for the Bavarian Radio in Munich; and played Chopin’s second piano concerto with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. She performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicholas Collins, with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Eiji Oue, with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, with both the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; and with the chamber orchestra of La Scala, Milan (the Cameristi della Scala) under Wilson Hermanto.

In the Parco della Musica in Rome, Ms Jacoby performed two Mozart piano concerti with the chamber orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Luigi Piovano after which she made a studio recording to be released later this year.

Ms Jacoby is a Steinway Artist and a member of the Steinway Hall of Fame. She has also recorded in Hamburg, Germany for the new Steinway label.

In the United States, Ms Jacoby was awarded, in the same year as Jessye Norman and Shirley Maclaine, a Career Life Award by The National Society of Arts and Letters.

Upcoming projects include concerts and recordings in Paris and Poland, and festival appearances for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

Ms Jacoby comes from a family with deep musical roots. Her direct, lineal ancestor was Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1772 – 1806), the pianist and composer to whom Beethoven dedicated his third piano concerto. The prince’s uncle, King Frederick the Great, composed the theme which Bach used in the sublime “A Musical Offering.”

Ms Jacoby’s great-great uncle, P S (“Benno”) Landeker (1860 – 1930), was one of the principal founders of the reorganized Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1882 with his business partner, Hermann Wolff. Mr Landeker was a co-owner of the original Berlin Philharmonic Hall which was destroyed during World War II. There is a charming story in the memoirs of the great cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky, describing how he was locked in that hall after a concert by mistake and passed the night sleeping in the Landeker Loge.

SAMPLE REVIEWS

“… clear articulation, bright tone, unequivocal phrasing, colour, and meaningful gradation of dynamics. And one felt at all times that Miss Jacoby’s interests were centred on expressivity rather than mere technical accomplishment. Her Mozart was so engaging … the communicative impulse was apparent in everything she played …” NEW YORK TIMES

“… superb technique and tone colour … warm, poised performance that did not lack spirit or perspective …” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“… considerable vitality and breadth of expression … Miss Jacoby contributed a massive performance of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, as inevitable in direction as a river in flood.” DAILY TELEGRAPH

“… considerable musicality and pianism … She followed with Debussy’s Jardins Sous La Pluie in a deftly pointed performance, delicately pedalled with assured control of the difficult inner tremolandi. Very impressive.” THE GUARDIAN

“… Jacoby’s Mozart K304 came off with a sadness under the gaiety that tugged at your heart … two turbo-charged movements from Brahms’s G Minor Piano Quartet had an energy and commitment that nearly knocked your socks off.” EVENING STANDARD

“… the remarkable Ingrid Jacoby, giving stunning accounts of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev’s daunting seventh Sonata. Brilliant technique, but also artistry … she so clarifies textures, making the writing seem far more pianistic than usual, yet retaining vivid pictorial detail and the tension and excitement …” THE PENGUIN GUIDE

“Jacoby revives Beethoven’s piano concertos in such an intelligent and energetic manner that she completely outclasses even her best-known competitors.” CRESCENDO

“Jacoby’s approach is enlightening, yet sensitive … This pianist possesses secret knowledge.” CRESCENDO

“Playing of exceptional nuance and imagination with apt phrasing, ideal tempos, and sympathetic orchestral support.” AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

“Jacoby shines with sparkling brilliance and beautiful phrasing.” MDR FIGARO

“Jacoby brings a poetic kinship with Beethoven’s assertive figures that can suddenly melt into extraordinary sympathies for the human condition.” AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“Elegance and energy … fluid and dynamic playing … such lively music making … brings a smile.” CLASSICAL SOURCE

“… immediately establishing her total command of the keyboard in superfine, intellectually alert performances … And she managed the gigantic concluding fugue with such energy, power and intellectual control that the effect was truly exhilarating.” NOTTINGHAM POST

“… and we should consider ourselves lucky that Jacoby is active in our lifetime.” FANFARE MAGAZINE

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