I am exceptionally humbled and proud to be a part of the A Seat at the Piano, an initiative dedicated to promoting and advocating for a greater inclusivity in piano repertoire.
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Pianist, educator, and lecturer, Brendan Jacklin (that’s me) is dedicated to sharing new sounds and ideas through his music. I have premiered over 50 new works for both solo piano and chamber ensembles, and have commissioned works from composers across the United States and Canada. A special interest of mine is performing interdisciplinary and multimedia music, including pairing music with electronics, video, poetry, and dance. My solo recital programs reflect these interests, featuring a blend of traditional repertoire, contemporary music, electronics, and other interdisciplinary elements.
My performances have taken me across the United States, having performed in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington. Recent performances have featured a wide variety of music, including everything from Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 65 to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to Nicole Lizée’s Hitchcock Études for piano, video, and glitch. I have also been featured as a performer at a number of festivals, including SPLICE Fest, Ball State’s New Music Festival, Western Michigan’s New Sounds Festival, University of Nebraska-Kearney’s New Music Festival, College Music Society’s Southern Chapter Conference, and NAMM’s Generation Next.
Apart from performing, I have been able to lecture on a large range of topics at conferences across the United States, including presentations, lecture recitals, and posters at MTNA National Conference, NCKP National Conference, GP3 Conference, CMS Southern Chapter Conference, as well as numerous local and state conferences in Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Apart from evangelizing for new music, topics have included Baroque ornamentation, different editions of Chopin’s piano works, score studying, and American piano sonatas. I am also a co-founder of A Seat at the Piano, an initiative dedicated to promoting and advocating for a greater inclusivity in piano repertoire.
Originally from Canada, I am currently based in Nashville, TN with my wife and dog, where I teach at Fisk University as Assistant Professor of Piano. I was previously at the University of Tennessee Southern, and completed my doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Awadagin Pratt and Dr. Michelle Conda, with cognates in both pedagogy and multimedia music. This followed my Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz and visiting professor Robert Shannon, and my Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with Prof. Megumi Masaki, with minors in cello with Dr. Leanne Zacharias and history.
When I am not doing any of the above, you will probably find me running, baking, or reading. You can follow my baking with Instagram (@brendanjacklin), where you can see pictures of why I need to run, or check out this website for concert and project details.