George Jackson

CONDUCTOR

ABOUT

“George Jackson raised the stature of the music to a rarely-encountered level, absolutely enthralling from first bar to last.”
Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source

Winner of the 2015 Aspen Conducting Prize, London-born conductor George Jackson came to international attention after stepping in at short notice with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Austrian premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Ombres. In 2017 he made his Hamburg State Opera debut, conducting Immer weiter by Irene Galindo Quero and Jesse Boekman. George has conducted, among others, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2010, George founded the Vienna-based Speculum Musicae Opera Company, conducting new productions of Pergolesi La serva padrona and Charpentier David et Jonathas. He has also conducted performances with the Pro Arte Orchestra Vienna of Die Zauberflöte, Der Freischütz, La Traviata, Fidelio, Turandot, Der Fliegende Holländer and La Bohème.

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“Overcoming the dry and rather forthright acoustics of Covent Garden’s St Paul’s Church with a perfect balance between all parts of the orchestra, up-and-coming young conductor George Jackson coaxed an appropriately dramatic rendering of this overture.”

John Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

George participated in international master classes, where his teachers included Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur and David Robertson. He has developed over the years a deep knowledge of the wider opera repertoire by assisting his mentors Robert Spano and Yves Abel in international houses including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Opéra National de Paris, Theater an der Wien and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, with titles such as Wozzeck, I Capuletti e I Montecchi, Carmen, Billy Budd, La Fille du Régiment, Hänsel und Gretel, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Madama Butterfly, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Tannhaüser. An alumnus of the conservatories of Vienna, Weimar and Trinity College Dublin, George furthered his studies at the Lucerne Festival Academy, Dartington Festival, Bayreuth Festival and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize and the David A. Karetsky Memorial Fellowship.

A prizewinner at the 2012 ‘Jeunesses Musicales’ Conducting Competition in Bucharest, George is a Help Musicians UK ‘Emerging Excellence’ Artist, and has received numerous scholarships from organisations including the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Tillett Trust, Janeczek Foundation, Irish Arts Council, Richard Wagner Foundation, the Roderick Brydon Memorial Trust and the Sir Charles Mackerras Fellowship in Conducting at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He has just completed a year as a member of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung’s ‘Akademie Musiktheater heute’ scheme for young opera professionals.

CALENDAR

July 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15 2017

8pm, STAATSOPER HAMBURG, GERMANY

July and August 2017

Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento

Mikhail Ivanovič Glinka: Ruslan e Ludmilla: Ouverture
Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata: Preludio
Franz Schubert: Rosamunde, D 797: N. 5 –  Entr’acte
Otto Nicolai: Die lustige Weiber von Windsor: Ouverture
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont: Ouverture
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia n. 3 in la minore, op. 56 “Scozzese”: Secondo movimento (Vivace ma non troppo)
Béla Bartók: Danze popolari rumene, SZ 68
Franz von Suppé: Leichte Kavallerie: Ouverture
Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Sinfonia
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia n. 4  in la maggiore, op. 90 “Italiana”: Quarto movimento – Saltarello
July 26: Trento
July 28: Cavalese
July 29: Rovereto
July 31st: Tione di Trento
August 1st: Bolzano
August 2nd: Pinzolo
August 4th: Dobbiaco
August 5th: Caldonazzo
August 7th: Merano

1st September – 16th October 2017

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

Theater an der Wien / WIener Symphoniker

Alban Berg: Wozzeck

Studienleiter

MUSIKALISCHE LEITUNG Leo Hussain

INSZENIERUNG UND LICHT Robert Carsen

AUSSTATTUNG Gideon Davey

LICHT Peter van Praet

DRAMATURGIE Ian Burton

WOZZECK Florian Boesch

MARIE Lise Lindstrom

TAMBOURMAJOR Aleš Briscein

HAUPTMANN John Daszak

DOKTOR Stefan Cerny

ANDRES Benjamin Hulett

DER NARR Erik Årman

MARGRET Juliette Mars

1. HANDWERKSBURSCH Lukas Jakobski

2. HANDWERKSBURSCH Kristián Jóhannesson

ORCHESTER Wiener Symphoniker

CHOR Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

January 2018

Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, Rijeka, Croatia

Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre Rijeka

Repertoire tbc

March 9th 2018

Philharmonic Hall, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Transylvania State Philharmonic

R. Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor
Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F Major
Mozart: Overture to ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’

Bassoon: tbc

March 25th 2018

King’s Place, London, UK

London Firebird Orchestra

Josef Haydn: Symphony No. 94 (‘Surprise’)
Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Mozart: Opera Arias (Selection)
Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D, D.200

Oboe: Olivier Stankiewicz

Soprano: He Wu

June 2018

TBA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte
[new production]

June 2019

TBA

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

[new production]

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“Jennifer Pike delivered a truly spellbinding account, possessing an opulent tone when called for, sensitive and ethereal on other occasions, and rising to considerable heights of virtuosity and musicianship in the first-movement cadenza. She had the inestimable advantage of a conductor who likewise sees the work as genuinely symphonic – for, in those relatively lengthy orchestral passages in the first and second movements, George Jackson raised the stature of the music to a rarely-encountered level, absolutely enthralling from first bar to last.”

Robert Matthew-Walker, Classical Source

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