Monday, August 11, 2014

Pianist Julian Jacobson plays all the Beethoven Sonatas in one day

 On 15 October, in London, Julian Jacobson will present his all-day Piano Marathon, during which he plays all the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas! The venue The event will run from 9.15am-10pm on 15th October 2013 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square with the aim of raising money for WaterAid and The…

On 15 October, in London, Julian Jacobson will present his all-day Piano Marathon, during which he plays all the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas! The venue The event will run from 9.15am-10pm on 15th October 2013 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square with the aim of raising money for WaterAid and The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields.  

The 32 Julian will perform all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas from memory in chronological order with the exception of op 106 ‘Hammerklavier’, prefaced by the Sonata in E minor op 90, which together will form a special lunchtime concert from 1-2pm within the marathon event itself.   Total Beethoven Likewise there will be a special ‘Total Beethoven’ concert at 7pm that evening which will conclude the day’s marathon. During this outstanding feat of endurance – undertaken by only two other pianists – he plans to take just 2 longer breaks of 30 minutes each on the day and a few shorter breaks of just 5 minutes each. The event will be live-streamed with a button for people to donate during the webcast.  

About Julian Acclaimed for the vitality, colour and insight he brings to his performances, Jacobson celebrates the 10th anniversary of his first all-Beethoven charity piano marathon by staging this amazing event once more. This will be his third Piano Marathon. Hailing from a musical background, Julian’s father was the distinguished composer, pianist and festival adjudicator, Maurice Jacobson. Julian studied piano from the age of seven and had published four songs by the age of nine. Later he studied at the Royal College of Music, Queen's College, Oxford and with the great Hungarian pianist, Louis Kentner. He was also a founder member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Julian Jacobson has appeared in concerts worldwide both as a soloist and a chamber musician and has appeared with many leading orchestras and conductors. His commitment to contemporary music has lead to several commissions and premieres and he has an impressive discography across many key record labels. He is currently Professor of Piano & Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music and is a sought-after teacher at summer schools and masterclasses.  

Piano Marathon 15th October 2013 9.15am-10pm St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square   Admission is free during the day with donations to charity welcome. Evening event ‘Total Beethoven’ (7pm) is ticketed. Box Office Tel: 020 7766 1100 Read more about Julian and take a read his marathon blog