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America’s foremost organist, PAUL JACOBS made musical history at the age of 23 when, on the 250th anniversary of the death of J. S. Bach in 2000, he played the composer’s complete organ music in an 18-hour marathon. Today, Mr. Jacobs is hailed for his solid musicianship, prodigious technique and vivid interpretive imagination in performances on five continents, including all 50 U.S. states. He is widely acknowledged for reinvigorating the American organ scene and is committed to performances that are exciting, relevant, and even revolutionary. Since 2004 Mr. Jacobs has been chairman of the organ department at The Juilliard School, which honored him in 2007 with the William Schuman Scholar’s Chair. Mr. Jacobs has performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in nine-hour marathons in eight U.S. cities, and most recently, his digital recording of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement was released by Naxos. New York magazine named him the best organist of 2007, and the Washington Post named his Washington, D.C. recital as one of the best performances of 2008. Mr. Jacobs is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and is an alumnus of Yale University, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray.