David Jackson studied at the University of Durham and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.  He is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Italian Cultural Institute.  He is the director and founder of Ensemble 1904, and currently holds the posts of repetiteur at the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris and the Conservatoire de Versailles.

Originally from York, England, David Jackson studied music at the University of Durham where he was organist and choiral director at University College.  Under his direction the choir recorded "God so loved the world" for Lammas Records.  Awarded a scholarship to study at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he graduated in 2007 winning the Leonard Hancock Prize and the H.Geddes award.  In 2007, David was invited to take part in many of Europe's most prestigious opera festivals, such as the Bayreuth Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Bregenzer Festspiele and the Pesaro Rossini Festival as part of his Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.  He has also studied conducting at the Opera Academy of Verona, in 2009.

Between 2007 and 2009 David was a repetiteur at Oper Köln, Germany.  He has also worked as an assistant conductor at the Teatro Communale de Bologna, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Ile en Mer as well at the Academy of the Festival of Aix en Provence.

In 2010 David was invited as a member of the Academy of the festival of Aix en Provence to take part in the workshop 'Opéra en création', and in 2012 he composed his first opera Silvia with the Italian librettist Eleonora Firenze.  For the theatre he has arranged works by Henry Purcell for a production of Twelfth Night, directed by Bérangère Janelle, and In 2016 he was commissioned by the Opera of Dijon to write incidental stage music for a new production of Médée by Cherubini. The production, which was directed by Jean Yves Ruf, will be performed at the Opéra de Rouen in 2018.


David founded Ensemble 1904 in 2014, uniting musicians and composers from both sides of the English Channel. The Ensemble were invited to inaugurate the exhibition Churchill-De Gaulle at the l`hôtel National des Invalides by the Foundation Charles de Gaulle, and in the spring of 2016 his orchestrations of the 22 Mélodies de Poldowski sur les textes de Paul Verlaine were premiered in Paris.  The full cycle has been recorded by Ensemble 1904, to be released with Resonus Classics in 2017. 


«The complete musician, Jackson is attentive to all the dimensions of playing: harmony, melody, equality of sound, quality of the tempi, and cohesion of the ensemble


La Lettre du Musicien 

October 2016

david jackson

artistic director

photo ©  Léonor Matet

photo ©  Léonor Matet


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