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Dr. Jacob Lekkerkerker studied art history (UvA, MA, 2001) and philosophy (UvA, MA, 2005) in Amsterdam, organ in The Hague (KC, MMus, 2005) and Lyon (private studies), and composition (PhD, 2020) at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been affiliated with VU Amsterdam as a tutor and artistic researcher since March 2022, and teaches in the Honours Programme, affiliated to chair Organ Studies, Prof. Dr Hans Fidom.

 

Jacob Lekkerkerker was a theory lecturer at the St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Breda/Den Bosch from 2005 to 2013. From 2007 to 2022 he was organist at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. He developed a new music tradition in the Oude Kerk in collaboration with director Jacqueline Grandjean, in the context of exhibiting international artists such as Marinus Boezem, Christian Boltanski, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Cardiff and Miller, Adrián Villar Rojas. As music curator of Oude Kerk, he was at the cradle of a new tradition of spatial music with the music series Silence and Playing the Cathedral – more than 100 concerts in collaboration with Philip Glass, Nicolás Jaar, Leonard Eto, Herman Kolgen, Lucrecia Dalt, Claire M Singer, Roland Dahinden, Thomas Ankersmit and Zeno van den Broek.

 

As a composer and performer, Jacob Lekkerkerker develops a sound world based on the sound of organs and bells, in the acoustics of monumental churches, museum space and cyberspace. Recent compositions are Liquid (2021) with samples from the hyper organ in the Orgelpark, and Genesis/Spiraling into Infinity (2022), in combination with the light artwork Spiraling into Infinity by Children of the Light in MU Hybrid Art House in Eindhoven, and HUMUS: an installation of image and sound in collaboration with artist Mariëlle Videler.

 

Special points of interest of Jacob Lekkerkerker at the VU Amsterdam are spatial music, sound installations and hyperorgan technology.

 

Mesmerizing ambient soundtrack by Jacob Lekkerkerker in MU

**** Volkskrant, 10 March 2022

 

Spectacular transformation of the sound of the Vater-Müller organ in the Oude Kerk.

**** Trouw, December 2015