Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Aspen Music Festival ; Principal, Aspen Chamber Symphony
Bil Jackson enjoys a varied musical career that includes solo, orchestral, and chamber music appearances. Mr. Jackson is the principal clarinetist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Mr. Jackson has previously performed as principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh, St Louis, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Honolulu Orchestras, and, has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado, Honolulu, Denver, Charlotte, Dallas Chamber, and Aspen Chamber orchestras.
Mr. Jackson is currently professor of clarinet at the University of Northern Colorado and on the Artist-Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas, University of Colorado and Duquesne University. Mr. Jackson studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he won the Academy’s Concerto Competition three times and was awarded the gold medal for superlative musicianship upon graduation. He continued his formal study at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus. Additionally, he became the only player ever to win the International Clarinet Competition twice, and he was a finalist in the Prague International Clarinet Competition.
Currently, Mr. Jackson performs recitals and present master classes throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Jackson commissioned, and premiered with the Honolulu Symphony, Dan Welcher’s Clarinet Concerto which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. He subsequently returned to the Honolulu Symphony to record the concerto for the Marco Polo label. Jeffrey Kahane and Bil will premiere Kevin Puts’ clarinet concerto during the 2007-2008 Colorado Symphony Orchestra season with subsequent performances at the Aspen Music Festival and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Jackson teams with pianist Bill Douglas to present concerts that synthesize jazz, classical, and contemporary formats. Together they record for the Hearts of Space label. Mr. Jackson’s chamber music affiliations include performances with: David Shifrin, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Peter Wiley, Emanuel Ax, Milan Turkovic, Stephen Hough, Awadagin Pratt, Anne Marie McDermott, Eugenia Zukerman, Steve Prutsman, Pamela Frank Ransom Wilson, Sharon Isbin, Robert McDuffie, Toby Appel, Bill Douglas, American String Quartet, and the Miami String Quartet. Additionally, he is a guest artist with the Music from Angel Fire, Bravo! Colorado, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Unbound and Sunflower chamber music festivals and has toured with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and the Australian Chamber Music Festival. Additionally Mr. Jackson performs and records in Japan with the Tokyo Bach-Band which presents the music of Bach in a modern musical format. He recently was appointed a Yamaha artist and is currently involved in developing a new clarinet for the Yamaha Corporation. As a hobby, Mr. Jackson designs and manufactures reed-making equipment and is in the process of writing a book titled SpeedReeding which outlines a method of making single reeds from tubes of bamboo.