Garfield Jackson was born in London into a family of jazz trumpet players with a wide-ranging appreciation of music. He began violin studies at the age of seven with Beryl Morreau, a viola student of Lionel Tertis and a founder member of the McNaghten String Quartet. After only eighteen months he was accepted as a pupil at the then recently formed Yehudi Menuhin School and began studying the viola, alongside his violin. Entering the RAM on a scholarship, he concentrated on the viola with Peter Schidlof and Stephen Shingles. Chamber music played a major part in his musical life. Away from his award-winning membership of the Endellion Quartet over 30 years, he has always endeavoured to play chamber music with other friends and colleagues. As a soloist he has performed at Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, given broadcasts for the BBC and made several recordings. Garfield Jackson was appointed Lake District Summer Music's Artistic Associate in 2008.
*See the panel on the right for details of his chamber concerts and masterclass in the 2016 LDSM festival.