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Jacob Greenberg

Jacob Greenberg

Jacob Greenberg


Pianist and multi-keyboardist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. A longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, he has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. In his home base of Berlin, he directs Close Range, a teaching venue with diverse keyboards for canonical and modern repertoire. His touring concert series, Keyboard Play, spans centuries of music through period-specific and anachronistic instrumental mediums in a colorful historical dialogue.

Recent highlights include concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boulez’s Sur Incises with the Seattle Symphony, a program of the Second Viennese solo piano works, and summer concerto appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center and TIME:SPANS. Live performances have been heard on WQXR New York, BBC Radio 3, WFMT Chicago and Radio Netherlands.

As an orchestral and continuo player, Mr. Greenberg has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Australian Chamber Orchestra. A leading pianist of modern song, he has toured extensively with soprano Tony Arnold; their 2013 recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi is singled out by critics. Mr. Greenberg is also recognized as a coach for contemporary opera.

His solo albums for New Focus Recordings feature works from the Baroque to many new commissions. He has also recorded for Nonesuch, Sony, Bridge, Naxos, Mode, Kairos, Centaur, Tzadik, and New Amsterdam. Mr. Greenberg is an award-winning record producer, and has completed discs for major domestic and international labels. He is the director of the International Contemporary Ensemble’s in-house TUNDRA imprint. His podcast, Intégrales, explores meaningful intersections of music and daily city life.

Mr. Greenberg is on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has taught at Hunter College, City University of New York, The Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned degrees in music and religion, and he completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at Northwestern University, where he studied with Ursula Oppens.