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Laura Jackson

Conductor

Laura Jackson

Biography

Laura Jackson—in her seventh season as music director of the Reno Philharmonic—continues to win praise for her artistry, leadership, innovative programming, and passionate community engagement.

In addition to concerts with the Reno Philharmonic, Ms. Jackson guest conducts throughout the United States and beyond. Recent engagements include a concert tour in France with L’Orchestre de Bretagne, a recording project with the Bournemouth Symphony in partnership with conductor Marin Alsop, and an engagement as the first-ever American to lead the Algerian National Orchestra. In North America, she has performed with the Mimesis Ensemble in NYC, as well as the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Detroit, Hartford, Phoenix, San Antonio, Toledo, Toronto, Windsor, and Winnipeg, among others.

Ms. Jackson served as the Assistant Conductor/American Conducting Fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano from 2004 to 2007. Prior to her appointment in Atlanta, Ms. Jackson studied conducting at the University of Michigan with Kenneth Kiesler and spent summers at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003. As the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood, she conducted numerous concerts featuring both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Ms. Jackson spent her early childhood in Virginia and Pennsylvania before moving at age 11 to Plattsburgh, NY where she grew up waterskiing, swimming, and sailing on Lake Champlain. She studied violin at the North Carolina School of the Arts and pursued an undergraduate degree at Indiana University where she studied both violin and conducting. She later moved to Boston to freelance as a violinist and teach at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. In 2000 she turned to conducting fulltime.