Jack Liebeck

The virtuosity and fine detailing of Liebeck’s playing are pretty jaw-dropping ... fierce and thrilling

Gramophone

His tone is richly hued but at the same time supple and capable of finely shaded nuances of timbre

The Telegraph

an old-time virtuoso reborn, able to fiddle away with such a flourish that you expect his violin to catch fire.

The Times 5*

Jack Liebeck

Violin / Director

Violinist, director and festival director Jack Liebeck, possesses “flawless technical mastery” and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine). Jack has been named as the Royal Academy of Music’s first Émile Sauret Professor of Violin and as the new Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2022. Jack’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chamber-chic Mozart through to the impassioned mastery required to frame Brett Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing. His fascination with all things scientific has led to his most recent collaboration, A Brief History of Time, with Professor Brian Cox and Daniel Harding. This new violin concerto was commissioned for Jack by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from regular collaborator and composer Paul Dean, and is written in commemoration of Professor Stephen Hawking.

Upcoming and recent orchestral appearances include Queensland Symphony with Elena Schwarz , Uppsala with Rebecca Miller, Philharmonia with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, BBC Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Bournemouth Symphony with Jamie Phillips, BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Jac Van Steen, and Opera North with David Greed. 

Released in March 2020 on Orchid Classics, Schoenberg and Brahms violin concertos with BBC Symphony Orchestra was the May BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month; "Stellar Brahms and an expressive Schoenberg: Jack Liebeck responds with astonishing command, allowing the music’s expression to speak with a real degree of freedom, even fantasy” (BBC Music Magazine). Jack’s latest album, Ysaÿe Six Sonatas, on Orchid Classics was released in October 2021 ahead of the Sonata’s centenary in 2024. "...in every track Liebeck excels in capturing the fury, poetry, madness and dazzle of Ysaÿe’s haunting music. This is an exceptional release.” (The Times 5*) Upcoming disc releases include a collaboration with Alexis Ffrench on his new release ‘Truth’ and a project with Opera North. 

Jack Liebeck recording Schoenberg and Brahms violin concertos

Jack Liebeck recording Ysaÿe Six Sonatas

Jack has worked with many of the major international conductors and orchestras including Andrew Litton, Leonard Slatkin, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Sir Mark Elder, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Brett Dean (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic), Daniel Harding (Swedish Radio), Jukka Pekka Saraste (Oslo Philharmonic), David Robertson (St Louis Symphony), Jakub Hrůša (Melbourne Symphony) and many orchestras across the world including Thailand Philharmonic, Belgian National, Queensland Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Indianapolis Symphony and all of the UK orchestras.

Recital touring includes performances across Europe, USA and Australasia for festivals and venues such as Wigmore Hall, Sydney International Piano Competition, Leeds International Piano Competition, and LIVE From London Summer featuring a new vocal arrangement of Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending with VOCES8 and Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Katya Apekisheva, and Julian Bliss. “Jack Liebeck performs with a superb sound, beautifully grainy lower down, transparent and pure high up against the beautifully soft chordal texture of VOCES8.” (Seen and Heard)

The Lark Ascending with VOCES8 from LIVE From London Summer 2021

Wigmore Hall: Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva

Jack Liebeck in concert with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra

From 2022, Jack will be the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM). He is also the Artistic Director of his own festivals Oxford May Music, the DESY Humboldt Science and Music Series in Hamburg, and Alpine Classic in Grindelwald, Switzerland where programming is centred around themes of music, science and the arts. He can be heard in the soundtracks of The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina. As the first Émile Sauret Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music he will work as an ambassador helping to recruit both at home and internationally in addition to his teaching.

For further projects and for print, please download Jack’s full biography.

This biography is for information only, and should not be re-printed. Please use the link below to download the version for concert programmes.

Download 2021-22 Full Biography (.docx)

Download 2021-22 Official Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Download 2021-22 Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Download 2021-22 Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Kaupo Kikkas