Paul Jacobs is the only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award. In 2011, he won for Messiaen’s towering Livre du Saint-Sacrément.
Photo by Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he gave an 18-hour marathon performance of Bach’s complete organ works on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.
Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 years old Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania.
This is the second time Paul Jacobs will be performing at Northrop. He thrilled audiences in 2018 with the debut of a piece co-commissioned with the Minnesota Orchestra for the inaugural performance of Northrop’s restored organ.
Jacobs has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents and in each of the fifty United States. He has even played an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.
Watch Paul Jacobs play Octaves by Jeanne Demessieux