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Fred Jacobs


Fred Jacobs

Fred Jacobs studied lute and theorbo with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. In 1985 he co-founded The Locke Consort acknowledged for their interpretations and praised for their recordings of 17th C. English chamber music. He is a member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Parley of Instruments, the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society and the Monteverdi Continuo-ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he has performed in all Monteverdi and Cavalli productions since 1997.

Fred Jacobs is a regular accompanist of many distinguished singers, such as Charles Daniels, Michael Chance and Maarten Koningsberger. With Johannette Zomer he has been recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th C. monody for which his research has unveiled many hidden treasures. (Channel Classics)

His recording of works by Robert de Visée (Metronome) played on a French theorbo received international acclaim: ‘an absolutely splendid recording’ according to the leading magazine ‘Early Music’ (Feb. 2011).

Over the years Fred has been a guest at the major early music festivals in Europe and the United States. He performs in opera productions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, Vienna and Florence. Fred Jacobs has worked with many conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen,Ton Koopman, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrott, Marc Minkowski and Richard Egarr. With Emma Kirkby, Johannette Zomer and Maarten Koningsberger he runs workshops on the English lute song and on French ‘Air de Cour’.
Since 1995 teaches lute and theorbo at the Amsterdam Conservatory. His research is focused on different aspects of the lute and theorbo in the 17th C.
He has given lectures on the French theorbo in the age of Louis XIV and on the lute's popularity in France ca. 1650.
In 2013 he will give the yearly Constantijn Huygens Lecture at Hofwijck, Huygens' former country estate at Voorburg, Netherlands.

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