Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson

  • Conductor & Music Director, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

LAURA JACKSON has served as the music director and conductor of the Reno Philharmonic since 2009 where she continues to win the hearts of northern Nevadans with her passion for community engagement and vibrant music-making on the podium. Her relentless desire to build and enrich community connections through symphonic music has led the Reno Phil to embrace new audiences in the region with an expanded array of youth, family, and pops programming. In addition, her vision for commissioning new works and avid support for living composers has landed the Reno Phil in the national spotlight multiple times, most recently with the creation of Jimmy Lopez Bellido’s Symphony No. 3 "Altered Landscape" in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art and the Nature Conservancy.

In addition to concerts with the Reno Phil, Ms. Jackson guest conducts nationally and internationally and has concerts in Hungary and Poland in the coming months. The past two summers have included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Philharmonic at the Ravinia Festival. In addition, she has performed with the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Buffalo, Charlottesville, Detroit, Hartford, Hawaii, North and South Carolina, Orlando, the Philippines, Phoenix, Richmond, San Antonio, Toledo, Toronto, Windsor, and the L’Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne in France.

Ms. Jackson was the first American to guest conduct the Algerian National Orchestra in 2013 and has been featured in the New York Times and Forbes Magazine for her pathbreaking leadership, serving as the first female conductor on many concert stages across the United States.

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony in 2004, she studied conducting at the University of Michigan and spent summers as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003.

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 fell in love with the violin in public school, later attending the North Carolina School for the Arts to finish high school. She pursued an undergraduate degree at Indiana University where she studied both violin and conducting before moving to Boston in 1990 to pursue a career as a violinist. She performed in chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout New England and taught violin at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

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