Ingrid Jacoby - piano
Upon hearing Ingrid Jacoby’s “Emperor” Concerto, the respected online review guide, Classical Source, wrote “It’s one hell of a performance! Jacoby brings a vitality and drive that is compelling and fresh … there is real electricity here, concert-hall spontaneity …”
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 has performed at the key London venues with the London Symphony Orchestra, 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, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Walter Susskind, Constantin Orbellian, Jacek Kasprzyk, and Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Enthusiastic notices have followed concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Fairfield Hall, and in the presence of HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales, at Apsley House. Among her appearances at top music festivals such as Aspen and Aldeburgh, Ms. Jacoby has also played Mozart concerti at the Ravello Festival and in the Mozarteum at the Salzburg Music Festival.
Her many recordings include a CD of Beethoven piano works voted the Classic FM “Top Classic Release” in 1995; a 1998 world-premiere recording of Korngold’s solo piano pieces; a 2001 solo recording of Russian piano music, which was named one Gramophone critic’s “Pick of the Year”; a 2002 recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras of the Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya piano concerti which earned the highest commendation of the American Record Guide for that year; and a very popular 2005 recording, also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of the Grieg and Schumann piano concerti.
In 2008, Ingrid Jacoby recorded with the Russian National Orchestra Gershwin's Concerto in F and Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety". In 2013, Ms Jacoby completed recording the five Beethoven piano concerti to rave reviews.
After working with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Ms Jacoby became the first pianist since Alfred Brendal to be invited by Sir Neville to record all 27 Mozart piano concertos with him. The first three CDs of this significant project have been broadcast internationally and received the highest accolades.
Recently Ms Jacoby completed a 6-city tour of China, gave her debut recital for Bavarian Radio, played with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and made her first recording under the Steinway label. Ms Jacoby is a Steinway Artist and a member of the Steinway Hall of Fame. In the United States, she was awarded, in the same year as Jessye Norman and Shirley Maclaine, a Career Life Award by The National Society of Arts and Letters.
Ms Jacoby comes from a family with deep musical roots. Her ancestor was Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, the pianist and composer, to whom Beethoven dedicated his third piano concerto. His uncle, King Frederick the Great, composed the theme which Bach used in the sublime “A Musical Offering”.
In September 2013, following the release of the final CD of Ingrid’s Beethoven piano concerti recording project with Jacek Kaspszyk and the Sinfonia Varsovia, Ingrid performed the complete Beethoven piano concerti cycle in three concerts in Warsaw, Poland. Ingrid returned to Warsaw in February 2015, making her critically acclaimed debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicholas Collon.
Other recent engagement highlights include a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko (October 2015), Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with the Szczecin Philharmonic under Michael Zilm (February 2016) as well as concert and radio broadcast for Bayerische Rundfunk (November 2016).
Ingrid Jacoby’s discography covers a fascinating range of repertoire: the world-premiere recording of Korngold’s solo piano pieces; a CD of Beethoven piano works (voted the Classic FM “Top Classic Release); a solo Russian piano music disc named as one Gramophone critic’s “Pick of the Year”; a recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras of the Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya piano concerti which earned the highest commendation of the American Record Guide. Ingrid is a Steinway Artist and a member of the Steinway Hall of Fame. In the United States, she joined Jessye Norman and Shirley Maclaine in receiving a Career Life Award from The National Society of Arts and Letters.
Ingrid Jacoby comes from a family with deep musical roots; she is directly descended from the pianist, composer, and Prussian nobleman, Prince Louis Ferdinand (1772 – 1806), to whom Beethoven dedicated his Third Piano Concerto. Prince Louis Ferdinand was the nephew of Frederick the Great, himself the composer of the famous theme which J. S. Bach used in his sublime Musical Offering.
“... 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 revives Beethoven's piano concertos in such an intelligent and energetic manner that she completely outclasses even her best-known competitors.' CRESCENDO
'Jacoby brings a poetic kinship with Beethoven’s assertive figures that can suddenly melt into extraordinary sympathies for the human condition.' AUDIOPHILE AUDITION