Musical Director

‘Conductor Jonathan Lo, the presiding eminence behind the whole enterprise, is obviously well- acquainted with the bel canto style, always in control and undoubtedly destined for great things. ’

Hong Kong-born Briton Jonathan Lo is currently the BBC Performing Arts Fellow with the Birmingham Royal Ballet & Rambert Dance Company, Princpal Guest Conductor of the Xi’an Symphny Orchestra (China), as well as Principal Conductor of the Manchester Chamber Choir and the New Bristol Sinfonia. He was a semi-finalist in the 2012 London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Competition, and served as an assistant conductor for the Gabrieli Consort (most notably at the BBC Proms 2012). In addition, Jonathan maintains his passion for working with young musicians through his work as Musical Director of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra and University of Southampton Sinfonietta. He was also Senior Lecturer in conducting at the Leeds College of Music and continues to teach privately.

Born in 1987, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford, before going on to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music on a

major scholarship under Clark Rundell, graduating with distinction and winning the Mortimer Furber Prize in conducting contemporary music. He has been fortunate to have worked and studied with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Jac van Steen, Koen Kessels and Paul McCreesh. Jonathan was appointed to his first music directorship whilst at university, when he was appointed music director of the Oxford University Philharmonia after winning the University’s conducting competition aged 18. Since then, Jonathan has conducted orchestras internationally and nationally, most notably the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Malko Competition), the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the London Sinfonietta, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort (on recording of Britten’s War Requiem), the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (Solon Michaelides Competition), the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra do Algarve.

In the theatre, Jonathan has conducted complete staged performances of Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte(Oxford Opera), Der Schauspieldirektor, Die Zauberflote (Opera Lyrica, Oxford), Les Noces, Anna Bolena (Opera Seria, Manchester), as well as giving premieres of operas such as Amy’s Last Dive by Cheryl Frances-Hoad. In addition, he has conducted performances for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company in venues such as Sadler’s Wells, Wales Millenium Centre and the Lowry, and has been invited to return to both companies on tour in 2016. As Musical Director of the Manchester Chamber Choir, Jonathan has worked as chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic both in concerts and in the recording studios. In addition to the choir’s regular series of concerts, Jonathan also conducts regularly for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4.

November 2015

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