Biography

In July 2013, Simon Thomas Jacobs was awarded both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition. As the 22nd organist to receive this distinction since 1963, he has secured a place alongside some of the world’s finest concert organists and has subsequently built an international reputation for his innovative programming, exacting technique, and engaging performances. In May 2015, The Diapason magazine included him on its “Twenty Under Thirty” listing of artists under the age of 30 who are exhibiting “superior accomplishments, leadership, and creativity” within the pipe organ profession.

Following a year as organ scholar at All Saints’ Margaret Street—an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in London’s West End—Simon became organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge, and received an honors degree in music in 2009. While at Cambridge, Simon studied organ with David Sanger and Jacques van Oortmerssen, and worked closely with Timothy Brown and Clare College’s internationally-renowned chapel choir in a busy schedule of choral services, performances, recordings and broadcasts.

In 2009, Simon moved to the United States to continue his work as a church musician, first as Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich, CT and then as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN. He also pursued further organ studies with James David Christie at Oberlin College, and was awarded the school’s prestigious Artist’s Diploma in May 2015. From September 2015 to July 2016 he served as Interim Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA.

Simon is Music Director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN, where he lives with his partner, Michael and their miniature long-haired Dachshund, Magnus. He is a keen aviator and is in the final stages of preparing for his Private Pilot Checkride.

Simon is represented exclusively in the USA by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

Engagements

Neumünster, Zurich, Switzerland, on 15 Oct 2017

Church of the Advent, Boston, MA, on 03 Dec 2017 16:30

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PREVIOUS engagements

Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, TN, on 14 May 2017 15:30

Saint Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA, on 17 Feb 2017 20:00

Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip, Atlanta, GA, on 29 Jan 2017 15:15

Bower Chapel, Naples, FL, on 17 Nov 2016 19:00

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, on 13 Aug 2016 20:00

Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Loyola University, Chicago, IL., on 19 Jun 2016 15:00

St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Burke, VA, on 08 May 2016 16:00

All Souls' Episcopal Church, San Diego, CA, on 17 Apr 2016 17:00

International Performing Arts Center, Moscow, Russia, on 08 Apr 2016

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA, on 22 Jan 2016 19:00

Basilica of Saint-Michel, Bordeaux, France, on 16 Jul 2015 18:00

Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux, France, on 15 Jul 2015 18:00

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, UK, on 27 Jun 2015 16:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, UK, on 27 May 2015 20:00

St Lawrence Jewry, London, UK, on 26 May 2015 13:00

Clare College, Cambridge, UK, on 24 May 2015 17:30

St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, UK, on 16 May 2015 17:30

Goshen College, Goshen, IN, on 19 Apr 2015 16:00

St James' Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, CA, on 08 Mar 2015 18:00

Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin, OH, on 20 Feb 2015 18:30

Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, on 24 Jan 2015 15:00

Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, WA, on 18 Jan 2015 19:00

St Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport, LA, on 09 Jan 2015 19:00

Center Church, Hartford, CT, on 05 Dec 2014 19:00

Wiedemann Hall, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, on 18 Nov 2014 19:30

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron, OH, on 14 Nov 2014 20:00

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, TX, on 12 Oct 2014 19:00

Galway Cathedral, Galway, Ireland, on 07 Aug 2014 20:00

St Michael's, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, on 03 Aug 2014 20:00

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 Jul 2014 20:00

King's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK, on 24 Jul 2014 18:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN, on 02 Jul 2014 20:00

Faculty - Indianapolis AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, on 13 Jun 2014

Finney Chapel, Oberlin, OH, on 07 May 2014 20:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN, on 16 Mar 2014 16:30

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, MD, on 09 Feb 2014 17:00

Trinity UMC, Lafayette, IN, on 24 Nov 2013 16:00

Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, CT, on 22 Nov 2013 19:30

 

 

 

Recordings

Simon Thomas Jacobs’ debut CD, “Parthenia Nova”—the first commercial recording of Richards, Fowkes & Co. Opus 18 at St George’s, Hanover Square, London—was released in December 2015 on the Fugue State label.


“Jacobs’s playing is masterful throughout…an excellent recording that presents an interesting range of ancient and modern music on an exquisite new instrument.”
Kola Owolabi, The Diapason, October 2016

“Jacobs performs with great panache; his playing is rhythmically vital and shows fine attention to articulation and the clarity of the contrapuntal lines…Sweelinck and Böhm are interpreted with great sensitivity; registrations are imaginative and tempi finely judged…conspicuous virtuosity.”
Martin Clarke, Organists’ Review, June 2016

“Many of the sets of variations on the album likely began as improvisations, and Jacobs brings an improvisatory quality to his interpretation, especially when the passage work is at its quickest and most exciting, giving the music an effortless flair.”
David Enlow, The Organ Club Journal, February 2016

STJ CD Frontcover      STJ CD Backcover

Includes a full-color booklet with detailed program notes, registrations, instrument details and photographs.

Copies are priced at $20 (+S&H)



 

Media

J.S. Bach – Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667

The first movement of Philip Moore’s “Sinfonietta”

 

 

 

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