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. Highlights in 2018 include his company debut as Associate Conductor of Opera Holland Park (Così Fan Tutte), a new production for Kammeroper Frankfurt (Pagliacci), and concerts with the Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier.

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, 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, 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 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.


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


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





LICHT Peter van Praet


WOZZECK Florian Boesch

MARIE Lise Lindstrom



DOKTOR Stefan Cerny

ANDRES Benjamin Hulett

DER NARR Erik Årman

MARGRET Juliette Mars


2. HANDWERKSBURSCH Kristián Jóhannesson

ORCHESTER Wiener Symphoniker

CHOR Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

31 January 2018

Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, Rijeka, Croatia

Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre Rijeka

Holst : St Paul’s Suite
Gounod, Charles : Petite symphonie
Mendelssohn, Felix : String Symphony no10 in B minor
Gabrieli : Sonata Pian’e Forte

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 17th 2018, 3pm

LSO St. Luke’s, London, UK


London Symphony Orchestra OpenFest @ LSO St. Luke’s

Errollyn Wallen In Our Lifetime
Salena Godden Shade from ‘The Good Immigrant’
Jasmin Kent Rodgman feat. Salena Godden New Work
Ayana Witter-Johnson feat. Solomon O.B New Work
Lyrix Organix x Sophia Thakur Feds (Poetry for the Man Dem) from ‘UnFold – EP2’
Lyrix Organix x Laurie Ogden Superpowers from ‘UnFold – EP2’

George Jackson conductor
Salena Godden poet
Laurie Ogden poet
Sophia Thakur poet
Solomon O.B poet
LSO String Trio & Percussion


March 18th 2018, 10am

LSO St. Luke’s, London, UK

London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Panufnik Composers Workshop
Grace-Evangeline Mason: ‘Beneath the Silken Silence’
Han Xu: ‘Buddha Holds the Flower’

Conductors: George Jackson and Francois Xavier-Roth



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

March 29th 2018

Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK

<aRecording Session

Disc of new works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad for the Champs Hill Label

April 5th 2018

Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie, Paris, France

Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Arts Florissants

Charles Ives: Symphony No. 4
Jörg Widmann: Echo Fragmente
Jonathan Harvey: Wheel of Emptiness

Conductor: George Jackson
Clarinet: Jörg Widmann

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



Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Sarro: L’impresario delle Canarie

Director Rainer Pudenz

Nedda Andrea Jörg
Canio Emilio Ruggerio / Dirk Schauss
Tonio Thomas Peter
Beppe NN
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

Repertoire tbc

October 27 and November 5, 2018

Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

London Symphony Orchestra

Discovery Concerts

Repertoire tbc

November 16 and 17, 2018

Opéra national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, France

L’Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie

Repertoire tbc

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 19 and 23, 2019

Theatre Royal Nottingham, UK

Opera North

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

New Production directed by James Brining

Pamina Ellie Laugharne (12, 15, 19, 23 Mar)
Tamino Kang Wang
Queen of the Night Samantha Hay
Sarastro John Savournin
Papageno Gavan Ring


April 12 (8pm), 13 (3:30pm + 8pm), 14 (3:30pm + 8pm) 2019

Teatro Carlo FelicePasso Eugenio Montale, 416121 Genova, Italy

Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Sunset Boulevard

June 2019



Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
[new production]


“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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