Bart Jacobs

Category:solist, muzikant, muziekleraar
Genre(s):barok, romantiek, 20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Instrument(s):orgel, klavecimbel
Actual/previous member of:Currende, Les Muffatti, RedHerring Baroque Ensemble


Bart Jacobs (1976) studied organ with Reitze Smits and harpsichord and basso continuo with Kris Verhelst at the Lemmens Institute in Louvain (Leuven), Belgium. He completed his Masters Degree for organ with summa cum laude in 2000. In 2002 he obtained his Masters Degree for harpsichord with magna cum laude and was awarded his Organ Specialization Degree with the same distinction.

Afterwards, he took part in numerous master classes on Historical Performance Practice.

The prizes he has received at international competitions include:

In 2006: Fourth prize and Listeners’ prize at the International Musica Antiqua Organ Competition, Bruges (Belgium).
In 2008: Finalist of the Max Reger Organ Competition, Leeuwaarden (The Netherlands).
In 2009: First prize at the Schnitger Competition, Alkmaar (The Netherlands), distinguished for his “varied interpretation and great musicality”. He is the first Belgian musician ever to have received this prize.
In 2010: Third prize at the International Sweelinck Competition, Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Since 2000, he has been organist of the choir of Brussels Cathedral with which he has recorded numerous works for organ and choir, including the complete organ works of August De Boeck en Lodewijk De Vocht.

In 2012 he was appointed titular organist at the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral in Brussels.

As organist, Bart Jacobs is attached to the baroque orchestra Les Muffati. With this orchestra he has performed his own reconstructions of Bach’s organ concerts, played on a two manual organ with pedal.

He has performed in concert halls throughout Europe and has taken part in many recordings with renowned ensembles such as Currende, Capilla Flamenca, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Les Buffardins, Zefiro Torna, La Caccia Consort, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, The Flemish radio choir and orchestra….

He is also co-founder of the Flemish Harpsichord Society, founded in 2006, which aims to enlarge the public’s interest in the harpsichord by organizing annual Harpsichord Days, workshops and public master classes.

Bart Jacobs teaches organ and harpsichord at the Conservatory of Mechelen (Malines) and the Academy for Music, Drama and Dance in Bornem (Antwerp).

Since 2013 he is guest lecturer in harpsichord and basso continuo at the Lemmens Institute.

Selective discography

J.S. Bach - Concertos for organ and stringsJ.S. Bach - Concertos for organ and strings (2019)
Les Muffatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bart Jacobs
Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the music of the reformationEin Feste Burg ist unser Gott: Luther and the music of the reformation (2017)
early music, Baroque
Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Bart Jacobs
Kurt Bikkembergs - Sacred works IIKurt Bikkembergs - Sacred works II (2011)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Kurt Bikkembergs, Kurt Bikkembergs, Capella di voce, Capella Sanctorum Michaelis et Gudulae, Inge Sykora, Caloroso, Bart Jacobs
Ad laudandum dominum - August de BoeckAd laudandum dominum - August de Boeck (2011)
20th century
Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Kurt Bikkembergs, August de Boeck, Bart Jacobs, Gaston Feremans
O sacrum conviviumO sacrum convivium (2010)
romanticism, 20th century
Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Ivo Mortelmans, Bart Jacobs, Jules Van Nuffel, Staf Nees, Lodewijk De Vocht, Emiel Wambach, Firmin Van de Velde (...)
Bononcini Giovanni - San Nicola di BariBononcini Giovanni - San Nicola di Bari (2008)
early music
Lavinia Bertotti, Peter Van Heyghen, Giovanni Bononcini, Elena Cecchi Fedi, Gabriella Martellacci, Furio Zanasi, Les Muffatti, Bart Jacobs (...)
Van Bach tot MozartVan Bach tot Mozart (2007)
Baroque, classicism
Janpieter Biesemans, Bart Rodyns, Bart Jacobs, Els Biesemans, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Gottfried August Homilius, Chr.H. Rinck (...)
Pez Johann ChristophPez Johann Christoph (2006)
early music
Les Muffatti, Bart Jacobs, Peter Van Heyghen
Georg Muffat - Armonico TributoGeorg Muffat - Armonico Tributo (2005)
Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Bart Jacobs, Georg Muffat, Peter Van Heyghen
Musica ReservataMusica Reservata (2002)
Baroque, classicism, 20th century, choir music, early music, romanticism
anoniem, Paul Dombrecht, Psallentes, Josquin Desprez, Capilla Flamenca, Jacobus Clemens Non Papa, Bart Jacobs, Koen Van Assche (...)

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Nees & NeesNees & Nees (2006)
20th century
Vic Nees, Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Staf Nees, Kurt Bikkembergs