Media Release – September 2013

Karen Pitchford, KHJ Communications Ltd
Tel/Fax: 020 8292 2862 / email:

M E D I A    R E L E A S E Sep 2013


Piano Marathon to feature all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas
15th October 2013; 9.15am – 10pm / St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

A disarming technique coupled with an undoubted intellectual mastery made Julian Jacobson’s recital an awe-inspiring experience…” The Daily Telegraph

Celebrated pianist Julian Jacobson, acclaimed for the vitality, colour and insight he brings to his performances, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his first all-Beethoven charity piano marathon by staging this amazing event once more. 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 St Martin-in-the-Fields’ ‘The Connection at St Martin’s’ that gives crisis grants to people in need across the UK.  Donate here.

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. 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.

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.

Julian Jacobson is no stranger to the world of Beethoven sonata cycles, this being his ninth. On 31st October 2003 he performed his first Beethoven marathon in a single day at St James’s, Piccadilly and again a year later at Harrow Arts Centre – only the second pianist ever to attempt this feat. In 2012/13 at The Forge, Camden Town, he became the first pianist to perform the revised cycle of 35 sonatas as in Barry Cooper’s new edition for the Associated Board, which includes three early works without opus numbers. For the forthcoming event, however, he will perform the standard set of 32 Beethoven sonatas.

Music & Vision wrote of Julian Jacobson’s previous Beethoven Marathon: “Not only a remarkable achievement of stamina, memory and dexterity, Julian Jacobson’s Beethoven Marathon- a performance of all Beethoven’s thirty two piano sonatas in a single day- was also an exhilarating…artistic experience, for both performer and audience

Admission free during the day with donations to charity welcome
Evening event ‘Total Beethoven’ (7pm) ticketed / Box Office: 020 7766 1100 or online from  the St Martin-in-the-Fields website.
Read Julian’s marathon blog:

For further information, please contact:
Karen Pitchford, KHJ Communications Ltd / Tel: 020 8292 2862 / Email:


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