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.
In 2000 he was appointed organist of the Brussels cathedral choir with which he has recorded a variety of works for organ and choir, including the complete organ works of August De Boeck and Lodewijk De Vocht.
Between 2006 and 2010 he was awarded prizes in no less than four international organ competitions:
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 “diversity of 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).
In 2012 he was appointed titular organist at the cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula in Brussels. He has subsequently enjoyed an international career as soloist.
As organist and harpsichordist, Bart Jacobs is much in demand as continuo player. He has taken part in concerts throughout Europe and collaborated in numerous recordings with various renowned ensembles including Les Muffatti, Currende, Vox Luminis, Capilla Flamenca, Les Buffardins, Psallentes, Pluto-ensemble, Hathor consort, Collegium Ad Mosam, Vlaams Radiokoor, Flanders Recorder Quartet, BachPlus, …
His research into the authentic use of large organs as continuo instrument with choirs and orchestras has resulted in several exceptional projects. These have included, amongst others, several performances with the baroque orchestra Les Muffati of his own reconstructions of organ concerti by J.S. Bach and C.Ph.E. Bach.
Bart Jacobs is co-founder of the Vlaamse Klavecimbel Vereniging (2006), (the Flemish Harpsichord Society), which aims to enlarge the public’s interest in the harpsichord by organizing annual Harpsichord Days, workshops and public master classes.
As teacher of organ and harpsichord, Bart Jacobs is attached to 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.