Garfield Jackson was born in London and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Peter Schidlof and Stephen Shingles. He has been a member of the Endellion String Quartet since its inception in 1979. The ensemble is resident at Cambridge University and regular high-profile series in London, for the BBC and in major centres around the world.
As a soloist, Garfield has appeared at the South Bank, the Barbican and the Wigmore hall. He gave the first BBC broadcast of Hummel’s Potpouri with the Ulster orchestra and recordings include Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano with Martin Roscoe for ASV records.
As a chamber musician he is much in demand and has performed with many great international artists, including members of the Amadeus Quartet, Sandor Vegh, Steven Isserlis, András Schiff and Joshua Bell. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in well over a hundred concerts!
Garfield teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music and in 2002 he was made a FRAM. For the last few years he has been actively involved as a performer, teacher and administrator at the Lake District Music Festival and Summer Academy.