Composer and organ improviser Jacob Lekkerkerker is a renowned pioneer, creating new compositions with organ and live electronics in collaboration with musicians and artists from multitudes of disciplines. He performs widely on prominent stages and festivals in both the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. As a composer, he explores the relationships between monumental architecture, the spatial sonority of organs and PA-systems, and how the human body experiences this composition of elements.
Lekkerkerker has received numerous distinct awards for his work as an organist and as a composer, including the Sweelinck-Müller Prize, the Schnitgers Droom Prize, the Jur Naessens Music Award for musical adventurers from all musical genres, and the Prix-Special Englert-Marchal.
Lekkerkerker studied organ and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and in Germany and France. He has studied organ under the likes of Jos van der Kooy, Ewald Kooiman, Ansgar Wallenhorst and Loïc Mallié. He has master degrees in arthistory and philosophy, and in his early career lectured on art academies and conservatories. He currently is a PhD candidate in composition at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2013, he has held the prestigious position of titular organist of the Oude Kerk Amsterdam, together with Matteo Imbruno. In 2016 he was asked to become Oude Kerk's new music curator. He served as the organist of the church's congregation from 2007 to 2015.