As recently as 2006, the Editor-in-Chief of Emmy magazine wrote: The word 'genius' is bandied about a bit too freely these days, but in Jobson's case, the term not only applies, it's been used to describe him since his northern England childhood, when he was such a violin and piano prodigy that he wrote his first string quartet at 13 [and] performed with his first professional symphony at 14... His performances and compositions have received press accolades, having been described as brilliant [All Music Guide], intriguingly original [Los Angeles Times], even, magnificent [London Times], and dazzling [The Boston Globe].
Jobson started guitar and classical piano at age 7, and violin at age 8. Turning professional at only 15--by age 17, he had already acquired an international reputation with the pioneering electric-violin band and Warner Brothers recording artists Curved Air. In the same year he was invited by Roxy Music front-man Bryan Ferry to be the keyboardist and orchestrator on Ferry's first solo album--a project that would garner the teen star the first of his nine gold albums.
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