“…he has innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire…” Paavo Järvi
Jonathan Bloxham is the Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of Northern Chords Festival. The 2016-17 season saw Jonathan conduct the CBSO with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Elgar and Tchaikovsky. Jonathan recently made his Hong Kong debut with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and returned to the USA as Cover Conductor with the New York Philharmonic. He closed the CBSO season in June 2017 in Symphony Hall with a programme of Smetana, Schumann and Dvorak.
In 2017-18, Jonathan has made several debuts including the Malaysian Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He will also be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Northern Chords in a festival programme featuring 10 new commissions. His continuing work with the CBSO includes several concerts during the Debussy Festival in March 2018.
Looking ahead to 2018/19, guest engagements will include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and a return to Dublin’s National Concert Hall with the RTE.
Originally an acclaimed cellist, Jonathan is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and Royal College of Music Cello Prize and in 2012 gave his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. He was a founding member of the Busch Trio until 2015, during which time the group won prizes at many international competitions including the Royal Overseas League in London, Pinerolo Competition in Italy and the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt. Jonathan has performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3. Further chamber music collaborations included projects with renowned musicians such as Michael Collins, Jack Liebeck and the Schumann Quartet.
Passionate about contemporary music, Jonathan has commissioned several new works by young composers such as Vlad Maistorovici, Jack Sheen and Freya Waley Cohen. This season he has conducted the CBSO in a performance of Nitin Sawhney’s Animal Symphony which was broadcast on Sky Arts, and in May 2017 he conducted the premiere of Matthew Kaner’s Stranded for solo violin and chamber orchestra with violinist Benjamin Baker at the Europe Day Concert at St. John’s Smith Square, London.
Jonathan started his musical training at the age of 8 with a local cello teacher at his primary school in Gateshead. He then studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School & Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll before completing a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. Jonathan has taken further conducting studies with Sian Edwards, Michael Seal, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo Jarvi.