Graham Jackson was the exceptionally dedicated general music director in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. Despite being desperately ill, he continued conducting until the last few weeks. His final performance was Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique. He leaves a wife and four children. Our thoughts are with them.
Here’s a German report.
And this is the official bio:
Graham Jackson was born in England in 1967. He won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge University, and then completed his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under Timothy Reynish. He built his operatic repertoire working at the Welsh National Opera, and in 2000 he moved to Germany to take up the position of First Kapellmeister at Bremen Opera. There he made his reputation conducting widely-acclaimed productions of “Cosi fan tutte”, “Die tote Stadt” and the world premiere of the opera “Noach” by Sidney Corbett, together with numerous repertoire performances. He also took over the new production of “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” a week before the premiere, with sensational success. As a result he was appointed to the position of General Music Director in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach from September 2003. In his opening seasons as Music Director, his conducting of new productions of “La Traviata”, “Tannhäuser”, “Werther”, “La Bohème”, “Der Freischütz”, “Death in Venice” and the German premiere of Friedrich Cerha’s opera “Der Riese vom Steinfeld” was universally praised, while on the concert platform his readings in particular of Mahler, Strauss, Beethoven and Stravinsky earned rave reviews. As a guest conductor Graham Jackson has appeared at the Komische Oper, Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, the Volksoper Vienna, the Hamburg Staatstheater, Rome Opera, the Opera de la Bastille Paris and also in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He has conducted concerts throughout Germany, recently in Nürnberg, Augsburg, Lübeck, Bochum, Schwerin, Dessau and Schleswig-Holstein.