Isaiah Jackson, a tall, lanky, Cliburnesque figure who has not yet hit his 30s, is the source of a great deal of excitement whenever he conducts. His appearance tonight with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in concert with Procol Harum is sure to be no exception.
Newly-appointed Associate Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, he has appeared as guest conductor of the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, twice with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with the Dallas Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic both in subscription concerts and in a remarkable special concert inside Attica Prison.
He is Leonard Bernstein's assistant, also his favorite pupil, a graduate of prominent US music schools, and one of the youngest but also one of the most promising among the candidates for an international career.
The city of Vienna appointed Isaiah Jackson Artistic Director of the 1973 Youth Music Festival at Leonard Bernstein's suggestion and in July 1973 he made his European début conducting the Vienna Symphony and an international orchestra of the festival's top young instrumentalists.
Isaiah Jackson was Music Director of the Youth Symphony of New York while also assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony. He was Leopold Stokowski's assistant with the American Symphony for a season, and conducted ballet performances at the 1971 Spoleto Festival. He has been commentator on a radio series devoted to black artists and composers.
Isaiah Jackson was born in Richmond, Virginia and educated at Harvard, receiving his BA cum laude in Russian, at Stanford, receiving his M.A. in Music, at Fountainebleau, Aspen, Tanglewood, and at the Juilliard School, where he founded and conducted the Juilliard String Ensemble and recently received his Doctorate.