George Jackson



“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 for Daniel Harding at the Philharmonie de Paris, conducting a programme featuring Ives’ Fourth Symphony with Orchestre de Paris. Recent engagements include his company debut as Associate Conductor of Opera Holland Park (Così Fan Tutte) and a new production for Kammeroper Frankfurt (Pagliacci). Highlights in 2018-2019 include concerts with the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier and the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Magic Flute with Opera North and his company debut with Grange Park Opera and the Orchestra of ENO (Hansel and Gretel).

In 2017 he made his Hamburg State Opera debut, conducting the world premiere of Immer weiter by Irene Galindo Quero and Jesse Boekman. George has conducted, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, and Les Arts Florissants.

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.


“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, London Firebird Orchestra, Seen and Heard International


“Conductor George Jackson coaxes much lithe and springy playing from the orchestra, ensuring that what the audience hears is magically in tune with that they see in this inventive, energetic and frequently revelatory production.”

William Ruff, Opera North / The Magic Flute, Nottingham Post

“Viel Anteil am Gelingen des Abends hatte Dirigent George Jackson mit den Musikern von Chor und Orchester der Kammeroper. Ein ausdrückliches, melodisch aufblühendes Klangbild.”

Bernhard Uske, Kammeroper Frankfurt / Pagliacci Frankfurter Rundschau

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 Capuleti e I Montecchi, Carmen, Billy Budd, La Fille du Régiment, Hänsel und Gretel, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Madama Butterfly, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Tannhäuser.

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 was a member of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung’s ‘Akademie Musiktheater heute’ scheme for young opera professionals.


14th June 2018, 7:15pm

Holland Park, London, UK

Opera Holland Park

WA Mozart: Così fan tutte

Director Oliver Platt
Designer Alyson Cummins
Fiordiligi Eleanor Dennis
Dorabella Kitty Whately
Guglielmo Nicholas Lester
Ferrando Nick Pritchard
Despina Sarah Tynan
Don Alfonso Peter Coleman-Wright

19th June 2018

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Rossini: Overture to ‘La Cenerentola’
Rossini: Là del ciel nell’arcano profondo from ‘La Cenerentola’ (Bass Baritone: Padraic Rowan)
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Mozart: Non più andrai from ‘Marriage of Figaro’
Respighi: The Birds
Stravinsky:’The Firebird’ Suite (1919)

July 21, 27, 28, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18 2018


Kammeroper Frankfurt

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Sarro: L’impresario delle Canarie

Director Rainer Pudenz

Nedda Andrea Jörg
Canio Emilio Ruggerio / Marco Lozano
Tonio Thomas Peter
Beppe Giancarlo Paola
Silvio Daniel Pohnert

Nibbio Thomas Peter
Dorina Ingrid El Sigai

September 22nd, 2018

8pm, Christ Church, Highbury
155 Highbury Grove, N5 1SA, UK

Haydn Chamber Orchestra

Mozart: Overture: The Impresario, K486
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 25 in C, K503 (Soloist: John Paul Ekins)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op 90 ‘The Italian’

October 6th, 2018

7pm, LSO St. Luke’s, London

London Symphony Orchestra

KAIJA SAARIAHO Selections from Maa
SOHRAB UDUMAN Breath Across Autumnal Ground
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN feat. HEMABHARATHY PALANI idol lost (world premiere)
QUINTA feat. ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY Themistocles is Captured

October 9th, 2018

7pm, St. George’s Hanover Square, London

London Firebird Orchestra

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Major
Dvorak: Song to the Moon (Soprano: Verity Wingate)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Leonard Schreiber)
Beethoven: Overture to ‘Egmont’

October 18th, 2018

10:30am, Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie, Paris, France

Orchestre de Paris

Stravinsky: Le chant du rossignol

October 25th, 2018

Recording Session
Paris Philharmonie, France

Orchestre de Paris

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Mozart: Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music) in C minor, K. 477
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

October 27 and November 5, 2018

Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

London Symphony Orchestra

Discovery Concerts

BERNSTEIN Overture: Candide
WARLOCK Capriol Suite
IVES Putnam’s Camp from ‘Three Places in New England’
RACHMANINOV Extract from ‘Symphonic Dances’
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS March Past of the Kitchen Utensils from ‘The Wasps’
GLINKA Overture: Ruslan and Ludmila
MUSSORGSKY arr RAVEL Baba Yaga from ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’
MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
WALTON Galop final from ‘Music for Children’

November 16 and 17, 2018

Opéra national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, France

L’Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie

Repertoire tbc

7:30pm, February 10th, 2019

St John-the-Evangelist Oxford, UK

London Firebird Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (Soloist: Marc Corbett-Weaver)
Mozart: Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’

March 3 and 5, 2019

Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Winston-Salem Symphony

Ligeti: Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (Soloist: Clara Yang)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major

March 17, 2019

Rouen, Théâtre des Arts, France

l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Joseph Haydn Les sept dernières paroles du Christ en croix

Actress Marina Hands
Videos and Installation by Clarac-Deloeuil (Le Lab)
Lighting Christophe Pitoiset

March 19 and 23, 2019

Theatre Royal Nottingham, UK

Opera North

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

New Production directed by James Brining

Pamina Ellie Laugharne
Tamino Kang Wang
Queen of the Night Samantha Hay
Sarastro John Savournin
Papageno Gavan Ring
Papagena Amy Freston
Monostatos John Findon
Speaker Dean Robinson
First Lady Lorna James
Second Lady Helen Evora
Third Lady Amy J. Payne

April 12 2019 (8pm)
April 13 2019 (3:30pm + 8pm)
April 14 2019 (3:30pm + 8pm)
Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale, 416121 Genova, Italy

Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Sunset Boulevard

Sunday 23 June, 6pm
Thursday 27 June, 6pm
Saturday 29 June, 6pm
Tuesday 2 July, 6pm
Friday 5 July, 6pm
Wednesday 10 July, 6pm

The Theatre in the Woods
West Horsley Place
Epsom Road
West Horsley
KT24 6AN

Grange Park Opera

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Conductor: George Jackson
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Designer: Yannis Thavoris
Orchestra of English National Opera

Hansel: Caitlin Hulcup
Gretel: Soraya Mafi
Witch / Mother: Susan Bullock
Father: William Dazeley

5 / 8 / 10 / 12 / 24 / 29 / 31 March 2020, 7pm
2 April 2020, 7pm

Wiener Kammeroper, Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien, Austria

Theater an der Wien

Tscho Theissing: Genia (World Premiere)

Conductor: George Jackson
Director: Kateryna Sokolova
Designer: Erich Uiberlacker
Costumes: Alexandra Burgstaller
Lighting: Franz Tscheck
Orchestra: Vienna Chamber Orchestra

BEETHOVEN: Kristján Jóhannesson
ELISE: Jenna Siladie
LEONHARD MÄLZEL: Quentin Desgeorges
ANTON SCHINDLER: Johannes Bamberger
GENIA: Ilona Revolskaya


“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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