Claire Jackson writes about classical music, opera and the arts. She is particularly interested in music education policy, gender equality within the arts industry and piano music.
Jackson has edited International Piano, Music Teacher and Muso. She provided a lively forum for the global piano community during her International Piano editorship (2011-15) and interviewed some of the world’s leading pianists, including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt and Pierre Boulez. Jackson has attended competitions around the world, from Aarhus to Geneva and Montreal, and has a particular interest in reporting on emerging talent.
Prior to her work on International Piano, Jackson edited Muso (2008-11), an alternative classical music magazine written for and about up-and-coming artists and students. She was acting editor of Music Teacher (March and April 2015 editions) and represented the title at the 2015 instalment of the Music Education Expo and Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
Jackson’s work has been published in the Guardian, TES and many independent titles. She has also undertaken editing projects for the Menuhin Violin Competition and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, as well as copy writing for exam boards and musical instrument manufacturers.
Jackson counts having breakfast with James Galway, interviewing Ludovico Einaudi in Verona and meeting Harrison Birtwistle in Aldeburgh among her most memorable moments.
Before 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.
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