Violinist, director and festival director Jack Liebeck, possesses “flawless technical mastery” and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine).
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.
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.
Upcoming recording highlights include Jack recording and performing the Brahms and Schoenberg violin concertos with BBC Symphony Orchestra for release early next year and his world premiere recording of Stuart Hancock’s Violin Concerto which will also be released on Orchid Classics this autumn. Other new collaborations see Jack featured on a chamber disc for Albion Records in Holst and Vaughan Williams with Mary Bevan, and a recording of Braun’s From the Shtetl with London Chamber Orchestra for release in summer 2020.
Programmes include From the Haunted Forest featuring the Elgar for the new Nature Unwrapped series at Kings Place; Einstein’s Universe, a unique recital with Professor Brian Foster, exploring Einstein’s concepts of space, time and the evolution of the Universe alongside his lifelong love of the violin, and Hollywood – composers exiled in paradise with Katya Apekisheva. Jack has been privileged to collaborate regularly with Brett Dean and has given territory premieres for pieces such as Recollections and the piano quintet Voices of Angels; plans for Brett’s 60th birthday in 2021 include chamber programmes and his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing.
Jack is the artistic director of his own festivals Oxford May Music, the DESY Humboldt Science and Music Series in Hamburg (at Elb Philharmonie and the university), and Alpine Classics 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. Jack is a professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music.