Paul Jacobs ’02MM, ’03AD wins Grammy for Messiaen recording

Paul Jacobs. Photo by Stefan Cohen.

Paul Jacobs ’02MM, ’03AD was awarded a Grammy on Sunday by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He won in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without orchestra for his recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Livre du Saint-Sacrement. The recording, his second album, was released in September on the Naxos label.

In an interview in December, Jacobs said, “Who would have believed that twentieth-century French organ music would be up for a Grammy?”

According to one article, Jacobs is the first organist to ever win a Grammy. He is currently the chairman of the organ department at the Juilliard School in New York.

Jacobs performed the complete Livre du Saint-Sacrement on the Newberry Organ in Woolsey Hall as part of the Yale School of Music’s celebration of the Messiaen Centenary in December 2008.

Published February 14, 2011
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Messiaen, Bach, and others on Horowitz Piano Series

yang_vThe Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by  pianist Wei-Yi Yang at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Yang, acclaimed by the Dallas Morning News for his “dazzling” performance with the Yale Philharmonia in Messiaen’s Turangalila at Carnegie Hall last December, will play Bach’s French Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831, as well as a collection of birdsong-inspired music for piano by Janácek, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Couperin, Liszt, and Messiaen.

tixTickets are $10-$18 / students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website, music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang has concertized on four continents. A Gold medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Korea’s Kumho Art Hall, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Ireland’s Royal Dublin Society, and Sydney’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others. MORE

Published March 6, 2009
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Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale

Dec 13: Yale Pianists perform Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Twenty-movement work is a high point of the contemporary piano repertoire

The Yale Schol of Music presents Messiaen’s most important piano work, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, performed by eleven of the School’s most promising graduate-level pianists on Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College St (at Wall St), New Haven.  This concert is part of the Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale.  Vingt Regards, composed in 1944 for Messiaen’s second wife, Yvonne Loriod, is considered one of the most significant works of the twentieth-century piano repertoire.  Here it will be performed by Jeannette Fang, Wei-Jen Yuan, Reinis Zarins, Jason Wirth, Amy Yang, Martin Leung, Jeong-ah Ryu, Lulu Yang, Katsura Tanikawa, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, and Lindsay Garritson.

The Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale will honor the hundredth birthday of influential French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) with numerous events exploring the breadth and depth of his work. Sponsored by the School of Music, the festival takes place from Monday, December 8 to Sunday, December 14, 2008, encompassing Messiaen’s birthday on December 10.  William Purvis, a member of the YSM faculty and interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, is artistic director. Information on the Messiaen Centenary is available at www.yale.edu/music/messiaen.

Admission to the concert is free.  For additional information, please call the Yale School of Music Concert Office at 203 432-4158 or visit the Sprague Hall Box Office during regular business hours.

Published December 11, 2008
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