piano music from four continents, performed by Jeffrey Jacob

Jeffrey Jacob

Ananda Sukarlan, considered one of the world's leading younger pianists, has long been a champion of new music. Born in Jakarta in 1968, he went to Europe at 17 and in 1997, graduated summa cum laude from the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatorium) in The Hague. A prize-winner in many international piano competitions, he has performed on four continents, including at the Philharmonic Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Teatro La Fenice, the Tokyo Opera City Hall, and the Queen’s Hall of Edinburgh. He has also appeared as soloist with orchestras conducted by James Wood, Magnus Lindberg, Ernest Martinez-Izquierdo, Josep Vincent, Pierre-Andre Valade, and many others.

Also active as a composer, his music has been performed in America, Europe, and Asia. Since 2006 he has concentrated on vocal music; his more than 60 songs are settings of texts in English, Spanish and Indonesian. His choral works have been heard at the Asian Choir Games, World Choir Festival and other prestigious Festivals. Collaborating with Indonesia’s most renowned choreographer, Chendra Panatan, he also composes for ballet. His first opera, commissioned missioned by the Indonesian Opera Society, was premiered in August 2008.

Jeffrey Jacob, described by the Warsaw Music Journal as "unquestionably one of the greatest performers of 20th Century music" and the New York Times as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction," received his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School and his doctorate From the Peabody Conservatory. Since his debut with the London Philharmonic, he has appeared as piano soloist with over 20 orchestras, including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, Sao Paulo and Brazil National Symphonies, and the Silesian, Moravian, North Czech, and Royal Queenstown Philharmonics. A noted proponent of contemporary music, he has performed the world premieres of works written for him by George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Gunther Schuller, Samuel Adler, Francis Routh, and many others. He has performed solo recitals in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Milan, Madrid, Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Havana, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Ottawa, and throughout the U.SA.

Mr. Jacob has recorded over 80 works For solo piano and piano and orchestra including the complete piano music of Samuel Barber and George Crumb and major works of Bela Bartók. He has also made recordings for Radio Warsaw, Radio Prague, and Brazil National Radio and a series of recordings of American music for the BBC. He was recently commissioned by Naxos Records to make a three-CD set of the complete piano sonatas, sonatinas, and shorter works of the distinguished American composer, Vincent Persichetti,

As a composer, he has written three symphonies, three piano concertos, and many works for piano and chamber ensemble. Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony premiered Symphony: Winter Lightning; the Moscow and St. Petersburg Symphonies premiered respectively his Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the composer as soloist. The Gregg Smith Singers premiered his Sleeping at Last for mixed chorus and solo cello. His Persistence of Memory was premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music For a performance by the Charleston Symphony at the 2002 Charleston Spoleto Festival. Other works have been premiered and recorded by the Orquesta de Baja California, the Chamber Orchestra of the Rhine, the North Czech Philharmonic, the Cavani Quartet and sopranos Mary Nessinger and Laurel Thomas. Two CDs of his orchestral music were released by Centaur and Vienna Modern Masters, and individual works appear on Albany, Opus One, and New Ariel CDs. Artist-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, he recently received the Artist of the Year Award from the International New Music Consortium at New York University.

Just a Minute, a collection of pieces for the left hand composed during my travels between 1998 and 2007, will be published by the Jakarta Conservatory of Music in 2008. The collection is highly personal, for I wrote the pieces as “musical postcards” For friends and family. The time spent composing them meant a moment for me (not quite a minute) to think and write for the people I care about and love. The pieces also represent birthday presents, in memoriam pieces, other significant events, or sometimes just reminders saying, “I care."