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.

An assistant and protégé of both Yves Abel and Robert Spano, George has worked on opera productions across the world, most recently at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Opéra National de Paris, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. During the 2014-15 season, George conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Sibiu State Philharmonic (Romania), and Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and also premiered Irene Galindo Quero’s opera A campo abierto at Madrid’s Operadhoy Festival. This season, he made his debut in Italy on tour with the Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento and will return to Aspen as the festival’s Assistant and Guest Conductor.

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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

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.

George participated in international master classes, where his teachers included Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur and David Robertson. 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, and the Roderick Brydon Memorial Trust. He is currently a member of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung’s ‘Akademie Musiktheater heute’ scheme for young opera professionals and also holds the Sir Charles Mackerras Fellowship in Conducting at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

CALENDAR

1st November 2016

2pm, LEEDS GRAND THEATRE, UK

BRITTEN: ‘Billy Budd’

Opera North: Covers Performance

4th November 2016

6pm, MAIDA VALE STUDIOS, LONDON, UK

RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome

DEBUSSY: Nocturnes

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra

December 7 (Bolzano)

December 9 (Tione)

December 10 (Taio)

December 12 (Trento)

December 13 (Rovereto),

December 14 (Pergine),

December 15 (Brunico)

REGIONAL TOUR, ITALY

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1 (‘Winter Daydreams’)

LEOPOLD MOZART: Die musikalische Schlittenfahrt (The Musical Sleigh Ride)

Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, 5-Concert Regional Tour

January 20 2017

BLACKHEATH HALLS, LONDON, ENGLAND

TCHAIKOVSKY: ‘The Nutcracker’ (Ballet)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra

February 3 2017

7:00pm CRAIOVA PHILHARMOIC HALL, CRAIOVA, ROMANIA

BEETHOVEN: ‘Emperor’ Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Pianist: Adela Licelescu
Craiova ‘Oltenia’ State Philharmonic Orchestra 

February 6 2017

7:00pm PHILHARMOIC HALL, RÂMNICU VÂLCEA, ROMANIA

BEETHOVEN: ‘Emperor’ Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Pianist: Adela Licelescu
Craiova ‘Oltenia’ State Philharmonic Orchestra 

February 12 2017

6:00pm ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH, OXFORD, UK

MOZART: Overture to Cosí fan Tutte, K. 588

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

MOZART:“Come Scoglio” (from Cosí fan Tutte) “Porgi Amor” (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

HAYDN: Symphony no. 103 in E flat, H. 1/103 (‘The Drum Roll’

With Violinist Benjamin Baker and Soprano Suzanne Fischer
London Firebird Orchestra

March 16 2017

7:30pm ST. GEORGE’S, HANOVER SQUARE, LONDON, UK

HANDEL: Overture to ‘Ariodante’

HANDEL:“Verdi Prati” (from Alcina) “Con l’ali di constanza” (from Ariodante)

HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb/1

WORLD PREMIERE: Winner of the Firebird Young Composer of the Year

MOZART: Symphony No.36 in C major, K.425 (‘Linz)’

With Cellist Steffan Morris
London Firebird Orchestra

July 7, 8, 9 2017

8pm, STAATSOPER HAMBURG, GERMANY

Archive

 

18th August 2016: Aspen Music Festival

Aspen Philharmonic

Tchaikovsky: Suite from ‘The Nutcracker’

 

15th August 2016: Aspen Music Festival

Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE)

Matthew Ricketts: Seven by Seven (World premiere)

 

27th July 2016: Aspen Music Festival

Aspen Philharmonic

Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Adele Anthony)

Weijun Chen: Dancer (World Premiere)

 

21st July 2016: Aspen Music Festival

Aspen Philharmonic

Copland: ‘Appalachian Spring’ (13 instrument version)

 

6th January 2016: Blackheath Halls, London

Philharmonia Orchestra (Side by Side with Trinity Laban)

Debussy: La Mer

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso

 

6th November 2015: Blackheath Halls, London

Philharmonia Orchestra (Side by Side with Trinity Laban)

Brahms: Symphony Nr. 1 in C minor

 

20th October 2015: St. Paul’s Actors Church, London

London Firebird Orchestra

Dvorak: Symphony Nr. 8

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni

Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Jennifer Pike)

 

8th October–15th October 2015 6 Concert Regional Tour: Trentino and South Tyrol)

Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 , “Eroica”

Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major

 

14th October 2014: Actor’s Church, Covent Garden, London

London Firebird Orchestra

Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor

Strauss J. (Vater): Radetzky March

Strauss, J.: An der schönen, blauen Donau

Strauss, J.: Kaiser-Walzer

Strauss, J.: Künstlerleben

Strauss J.: Overture to Zigeunerbaron

Strauss, J.: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Soloist: Silvia Hauer

 

31st August 2014: Mote Hall, Kent, UK

Kent County Youth Orchestra

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Kabalevsky: Overture to ‘Colas Breugnon’

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Chloe Hanslip)

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

 

26th August: National Concert Hall Dublin

RTE Concert Orchestra

Verdi: Overture to ‘Nabucco’

Verdi: Scena & Aria “Quando al sere al placido” (Luisa Miller)

Leoncavallo: Scena & Aria: “Recitar!….Vesti la Giubba” (Pag.)

Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon

Sibelius: Pelléas & Mélisande, Op.46 (Excerpts)

Soloist: Eamonn Mulhall

 

13th August 2014: Benedict Music Tent, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony Nr. 5 (I)

 

4th August 2014: Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (Excerpts)

Aspen Opera Theater Center

Sopranos: Courtney Taylor, Michaella Cipriani, Amy Lawrence, Jasmin White, Rachel Elise Sigman, Harrah Friedlander, Katya Gruzglina, Bonnie Frauenthal

Mezzo-sopranos: Victoria Fox, Nan Li, Melissa Serluco, Amber Fasquelle, Stephanie Feigenbaum

Tenor: Jonathan Tay

Baritones: Jarrod Lee, Nathaniel Hill, David Castillo

 

29th July 2014: Benedict Music Tent, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony Nr. 2 in D major (I)

 

28th July 2014: Scanlon Hall, Aspen

Aspen Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart: Symphony Concertante, K. 364

Bach, CPE: Concerto for Cello in A major, Wq. 172

Bach, JS: Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 1054

Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183

Soloists: Mac Taback, Natalie Gaynor, Gabrielle Skinner

 

13th July 2014: Harris Hall, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Aaron Holloway-Nahum: Fantasies of Management (World Premiere)

 

7th July 2014: Benedict Music Tent, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Mozart: Piano Concerto Nr. 24 in C minor

Soloist: Angie Zhang

 

1st July 2014: Benedict Music Tent, Aspen Music Festival

American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Brahms: Symphony Nr. 2 in D major (IV)

 

17th May 2014: ORF Radiokulturhaus, Vienna

Wiener Kammerorchester

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn

 

February 7th 2014: Craoiva Philharmonic, Romania

Craiova “Oltenia” Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major

Beethoven: ‘The Ruins of Athens’ Overture

Beethoven: Choral Fantasy

Soloist: Mihai Ungureanu

 

November 30th 2013: Kuppelsaal, Technische Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040

December 8th 2013: MuTH Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben, 1020

Akademisches Symphonie Orchester Wien

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor

Julie von Webenau: “Frag den Mond”. Lieder für Mezzo und Bariton

Soloists: Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger, Tamara Ivaniš, Irena Weber

 

4th October 2013: Berio Saal, Wiener Konzerthaus

Ensemble Platypus / Marathon V Festival

Hannes Dufek: Void Mechanics

Steven Heelein: Mixtures for Wind Quintett

Abel Paúl: Final Responses to G.M.

August 24th 2013: Lucerne Hall, KKL

Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra

Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (IV)

Soloists: Cynthia Millar, Andrew Zhou

August 1st 2013: Strider Theater, Colby College, Maine

Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Act II Finale)

Soloists: Laura Snow, Kimberly Coleman, Suzanne Karpov, Ashley Jackson, Erik van Heyningen, Anton Belov

July 27th 2013: Lorimer Chapel, Colby College, Maine

Atlanta Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble

Joest, Kevin Joseph: Kaleidoscope*

Denu, Brian: Rapid Eye Movements

Wong, Wing Sang: Separating Hardness and Whiteness from a White Stone

Berko, Alex: Spoken Silence*

 

July 19th 2013: Lorimer Chapel, Colby College, Maine

Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble

Kampa, Ethan W.: Ex Unum*

Lorimer Chapel, Colby College, Maine

 

July 15th 2013

Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra

Anderson, Michael: Film Score

Bono, Amanda: Someday, Maybe

Cashetta, Kayla: Delirium

Leon, Alexander Jorge: Icarus

 

June 13th 2013: Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Michael Jarrell: ‘Ombres’ (Austrian Premiere)

 

June 2nd 2013: St. Luke’s, London

London Symphony Orchestra (Public Masterclass Final Performance)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (I)

Britten: A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

 

May 6th and 7th 2013: Probebühne Penzing, Vienna

Speculum Musicae Players

Charpentier: David et Jonathas

Soloists: Georgina Melville, Sara-Bigna Jannett, David Jagodic, Wolfgang Stefan-Schwaiger

Staging: Kai Schuhmacher

 

March 24th – March 27th 2013: KKL, Lucerne

Lucerne Festival Strings

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (II)

Mozart: Symphoy No. 41 (I)

Debussy: Nuages

Brahms: Tragic Overture

 

March 4th 2013: Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdańsk, Poland

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

 

February 1st 2013: Trustees Theater, Savannah, Georgia, USA

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube

 

January 27th 2013: Manhattan School of Music, New York, USA

Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major (I)

 

15th November 2012: Karlovy Vary Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Op. 29 (‘Pathétique’)

West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

 

3rd October 2012: Jena Town Hall, Germany

Jena Philharmonie and Philharmonischen Chor Jena

Mendelssohn: Overture to ‘Paulus’

Brahms: ‘Ein deutsches Requiem’ / ‘Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit’

Bizet: ‘Carmen’: ‘La cloche a sonné / ‘Dans l’air’

Mascagni: ‘Cavalleria rusticana’: Vorspiel and Chor der Landleute

 

6th September 2012: Roman Athenaeum, Bucharest

“George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Ravel: Tzigane

Soloist: Simina Croitoru

 

May 2nd 2012: Haydn Saal, Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Webern Sinfonietta

Lachenmann: „…zwei Gefühle…“, Musik mit Leonardo für Sprecher und Ensemble

Speaker: Helmut Lachenmann

 

April 29th 2012: Vienna Konzerthaus

Akademische Sinfonieorchester Wien

Ives: The Unanswered Question

 

10th February 2012: Savannah Lucas Theater

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven: Overture to ‘King Stephen’

 

August 24th 2011: Dartington Festival, UK

Dartington Festival Orchestra

Strauss, R.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont

 

August 17th 2011: Dartington Festival, UK

Dartington Festival Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

August 10th 2011: Dartington Festival, UK

Dartington Festival Orchestra

Tippett: Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage

Beethoven: Overture to Leonore No. 3

 

June 3rd and 10th 2011: Café Sperl Theater, Vienna, Austria

Pergolesi: La Serva Padrona

Speculum Musicae Players

 

June 22nd 2010: Pickequoy Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Adams, John: The Chairman Dances

Berg: Drei Bruchstücke für Gesang und Orchester aus Wozzeck (Three Excerpts from Wozzeck)

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

 

June 20th 2010: St. Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, UK

Hebrides Ensemble

Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

Gieshoff: Four for Five (Premiere)

 

10th February 2010: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, Georgia, USA

Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra

Borodin: ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

 

28th November and 8th December 2008: Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

Trinity College Orchestral Society

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Wagner: Overture Die Meistersinger

 

25th May 2008: Katherine Brennan Recital Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Royal Irish Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in G major, RV. 414

 

28th March 2008: Teatre Reale, Monza, Italy

Divertimento Ensemble

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Sciarinno: Le voci sottovetro

De Falla: El retablo de Maese Pedro

 

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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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