Claire Jackson has been editor of International Piano since 2011. Throughout her editorship she has provided a lively forum for the global piano community and interviewed some of the world's leading pianists, including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt and Pierre Boulez. Jackson has attended piano competitions around the world, from Aarhus to Geneva and Montreal, and has a particular interest in reporting on emerging talent within the industry.
For over three years Jackson edited Muso, an alternative classical music magazine written for and about up-and-coming artists and students. As a freelance journalist Jackson has written for the Guardian, Pan – the British Flute Society journal, the ABRSM and several independent publications. She has also undertaken editing projects for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Menuhin Violin Competition. Her writing has taken her far and wide; from reviewing a chamber music festival in Menlo, California to observing the National Youth Orchestra in Stoke-on-Trent and reporting on the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She counts having breakfast with James Galway, interviewing Michael Nyman in a muddy tent and meeting Harrison Birtwistle in Aldeburgh among her most memorable moments.
Before fully immersing herself in the heady world of classical music publishing, Jackson worked on a number of business-to-business titles. She has learned how to weld, toured a sewage works in Paris and visited a forklift truck factory in Amsterdam all in the name of journalism.
Jackson is a keen flautist and has completed a performance diploma. She believes passionately that music should be open to all, and has written frequently about the importance of dismantling concert etiquette.
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