Ingrid Jacoby, internationally acclaimed as both a recording and performing artist, was awarded a Career Life Award by the National Society of Arts and Letters in the United States. She was inducted in the same ceremony as Shirley MacLaine and Jessye Norman.
She comes from a family with deep musical roots and traces her direct lineal ancestry from Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1772 – 1806), the pianist and composer to whom Beethoven dedicated his third piano concerto. Her great-great uncle, P S (“Benno”) Landeker (1860 – 1930), was one of the principle founders in 1882, with his business partner Hermann Wolff, of what was to become the BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
As a Steinway Artist, Jacoby is a member of The Steinway Hall of Fame, and has recorded for its new STEINWAY & SONS label in Hamburg, Germany.
She 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.
She is a triple United States, United Kingdom, and German citizen, and has performed as soloist with the premier British orchestras, including the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, and the LONDON MOZART PLAYERS working with such eminent conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Jane Glover, Vasily Petrenko, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Constantine Orbelian, Nicholas Collon, Walter Susskind, Jacek Kaspcyk, and Yehudi Menuhin. She appears regularly at QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, WIGMORE HALL, the BARBICAN, FAIRFIELD HALL, CADOGAN HALL, and ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE and has performed at Mansion House for the Lord Mayor of London, as well as in the presence of HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales at Apsley House.
In addition to her performances at leading music festivals, such as the ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL and the ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL, she has also played Mozart concerti both at Italy’s most prestigious festival, the RAVELLO FESTIVAL, and at the SALZBURG MUSIC FESTIVAL in the Mozarteum.
Jacoby is the only pianist since Alfred Brendel to be invited by Sir Neville Marriner to record all 27 Mozart piano concerti with the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS, Marriner specifically choosing recordings from their series to be featured in broadcasts commemorating his 90th birthday. The project was halted after the recording of just three CDs on his death in 2016.
Recent performances have included a 6-city concert tour of China, a performance with the MOSCOW CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at the United States embassy in Moscow, a recital for the BAVARIAN RADIO in Munich and Chopin’s second piano concerto with the LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Also concerts with the WARSAW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA under Nicholas Collon, with the POZNAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA under the baton of Eiji Oue, with the SZCZECIN ORCHESTRA, with the LVIV PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, with both the JOHANNESBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and with the CAMERISTI DELLA SCALA MILAN under Wilson Hermanto.
Jacoby has amassed an extensive body of recorded works which include:
- Mozart’s piano concertos numbers 3, 9, and 12 with Luigi Piovano and the ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA DI SANTA CECILIA recorded at the Parco della Musica, Rome, and due for release in 2022. Mozart’s piano concertos numbers 1, 17, and 20 with Sir Neville Marriner and the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
- Mozart’s piano concertos numbers 21 and 23, and the concert rondo in A major, with Sir Neville Marriner and the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
- Mozart’s piano concertos numbers 14 and 27, and the concert rondo in D major, with Sir Neville Marriner and the ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
- INGRID JACOBY LIVE AT THE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, a DVD including solo piano works by Mozart, Chopin and Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel recorded at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.
- Beethoven’s piano concertos number 1 and 3 with Jacek Kaspsyk and SINFONIA VARSSOVIA, recorded at the concert studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw.
- Beethoven’s piano concerto number 5 with Jacek Kaspysk and SINFONIA VARSOVIA, recorded at the concert studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, and a reissue of other Beethoven piano works.
- Beethoven’s piano concertos number 2 and 4 with Jacek Kaspysk and SINFONIA VARSOVIA, recorded at the concert studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw.
- A MUSICAL PORTRAIT including solo piano works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach/Busoni recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth.
- Gershwin’s piano concerto in F and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” with Dmitry Liss and the RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow and released on Spotify in 2020.
- Grieg’s piano concerto and Schumann’s piano concerto with Dmitry Sitkovestsky and the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA recorded at Cadogan Hall, London.
- Shostakovich’s piano concertos 1 and 2, and Ustvolskaya’s concerto for piano, timpani and strings with Sir Charles Mackerras and the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, recorded at Watford Town Hall, Hertfordshire, with earned the highest commendation of the American Record Guide.
- RUSSIAN PIANO MUSIC including solo piano works by Prokoviev, Tchiakovsky, and Mussorgsky recorded at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, named by Gramophone as the “Pick of the Year”
- A world premiere recording of solo piano works by Korngold recorded at Elstree Road Studios, Elstree, Hertfordshire
- Beethoven’s piano variations and bagatelles for solo piano recorded at Watford Town Hall, Herfordshire, named as a Classic FM “Top Classics Release”
Of her performances, the NEW YORK TIMES has written, … clear articulation, bright tone, unequivocal phrasing, colour and meaningful gradation of dynamics… expressivity rather than mere technical accomplishment. Her Mozart was so engaging… the communicative impulse was apparent in everything she played., and the LOS ANGELES TIMES has said …superb technique and tone colour… warm, poised performance…, and in the DAILY TELEGRAPH, … vitality and breadth of expression… Jacoby contributed a massive performance of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, as inevitable in direction as a river in flood., while the EVENING STANDARD said, Jacoby’s Mozart K304 came off with a sadness under the gaiety that tugged at your heart… two turbo-charged movements from Brahms’ G Minor Piano Concert had an energy and commitment that nearly knocked your socks off. In THE PENGUIN GUIDE she has been reviewed with, … the remarkable Ingrid Jacoby, giving stunning accounts of Mussorgsky’s Pictures An 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… tension and excitement, meanwhile CRESCENDO writes, Jacoby revives Beethoven piano concertos in such an intelligent and energetic manner that she completely outclasses even her best-known competitors.
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