Kerry Jago / Dirigent
Kerry Jago was born in England and grew up in New Zealand. He began his musical education at Victoria University of Wellington, where he graduated with degrees in history and composition. He arrived in Europe in 2001 to take up studies in orchestral conducting with Eiji Oue at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, where he also received important musical impulses from Prof. Frank Märkel in the course of private studies in music theory. During his time in Germany he has directed numerous orchestras in Marburg, Hanover and Kassel, also making guest appearances with orchestras such as the Christchurch Symphony (New Zealand), the Sinfonietta Aurora Enschede and the Choir and Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was most recently involved with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as assistant conductor and vocal coach for their season of Wagner's Die Walküre in July 2012.
Along with the classical Viennese composers, his particular interest lies with the works of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, especially his later symphonies.
In 2011 he completed studies in early music singing with Michael Chance and Maria Acda at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and alongside his activities as a conductor, he has since worked prolifically as a countertenor, both as a soloist and as a member of ensembles such as the Kammerchor Stuttgart (Frieder Bernius) and the Vocalensemble Rastatt (Holger Speck).
In August 2012 he took over as musical director of the Overbacher Singschule in Jülich, where he now works extensively as a choral conductor with children and young people as well as directing the acclaimed Overbacher Kammerchor.
Kerry is returning to the EYMW for 2017 after having had the privilege of working there alongside Andy Morley in 2013 and 2014.