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Brendan Jacklin, piano

Canadian-American pianist, educator, and lecturer, Brendan Jacklin is dedicated to sharing new sounds and ideas through his music. He has premiered over 50 new works for both solo piano and chamber ensembles and has commissioned works from composers across the United States and Canada. A special interest of his is performing interdisciplinary and multimedia music, including pairing music with electronics, video, poetry, and dance. His solo recital programs reflect these interests, featuring a blend of traditional repertoire, contemporary music, electronics, and other interdisciplinary elements.

Brendan's performances have taken him 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 a program of songs by American women to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to Nicole Lizée’s Hitchcock Études for piano, video, and glitch. He has 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, Brendan lectures on a large range of topics at conferences across the United States, including presentations, lecture recitals, and posters at the MTNA National Conference, NCKP National Conference, GP3 Conference, CMS Southern Chapter Conference, as well as numerous local and state conferences in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, 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. He is also a co-founder of A Seat at the Piano, an initiative dedicated to promoting music by historically underrepresented composers and advocating for a greater inclusivity in piano repertoire.

Originally from Canada, Brendan is based in Nashville, TN with his wife, daughter, and dog, where he is Assistant Professor of Piano at Fisk University.  Previous positions include teaching at the University of Tennessee Southern and the Flint School of Performing Arts. He completed his 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.  Brendan completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz and visiting professor Robert Shannon, and Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with Prof. Megumi Masaki, with minors in cello with Dr. Leanne Zacharias and history.

When he is not doing any of the above, you will probably find Brendan running, baking, or reading. You can follow his baking with Instagram (@brendanjacklin) or check out his website ( for upcoming concert and project details.

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