The Juillard School in New York is one of the most important performing arts training institutions in the world, and its organ department is headed by Paul Jacobs, a personality who was described in the New Yorker as “one of the leading musicians of our time.” In his film, Paul Jacobs takes us to the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and to Paul Hall at Juilliard, where he and some of the students in the organ class present us with an eclectic program.
Paul Jacobs is a citizen of the world on the organ. He has performed on five continents and in all 50 US states. As a 23-year-old, he played Bach’s complete works in an 18-hour concert marathon – but his gigantic repertoire includes old as well as new music. He is the only organist to have received a Grammy Award (in 2011 for a Messiaen album). He has taught at New York’s renowned Juillard School since 2003, serving as head of the organ department since 2004. In 2017, he received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson College. In 2021, the American Guild of Organists named him “International Performer of the Year”.
Paul Jacobs ist ein Weltbürger an der Orgel. Er ist auf fünf Kontinenten und in allen 50 US-Bundesstaaten aufgetreten. Als 23-Jähriger spielte er Bachs Gesamtwerk in einem 18-stündigen Konzertmarathon – sein gigantisches Repertoire umfasst jedoch alte genauso wie neue Musik. Als einziger Organist hat er bisher einen Grammy Award erhalten (2011 für ein Messiaen-Album). Seit 2003 unterrichtet er an New Yorks renommierter Juillard School, seit 2004 als Leiter der Orgelabteilung. 2017 erhielt er die Ehrendoktorwürde des Washington and Jefferson College. 2021 ernannte ihn die American Guild of Organists zum „International Performer of the Year“.