Jonathan Bloxham

Conductor

Management

Jonathan Groves
jg@grovesartists.com

Fiona Wells
fw@grovesartists.com

Groves Artists represents Jonathan Bloxham worldwide

Biography

“…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 has seen 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 will make several anticipated debuts including the 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.

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 performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3. Further chamber music collaborations include 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.

This biography is for website use only. For a full and updated biography, please email info@grovesartists.com

Audio/Video

Select an audio or video file
from the list below

Reviews

  • Hunt, London Firebird Orchestra, Bloxham, St Paul's Covent Garden

    The same subtle maturity was at work from the first phrases of Mendelssohn’s Sea Picture, a masterly fusion here of impetuous forward movement that never for a moment threatened to get out of control and space for the becalmed second theme – goosebumps, again…

    David Nice The Arts Desk
  • Best of 2015: Classical Concerts

    …sheer delight and total artistic maturity…

    David Nice The Arts Desk
  • He has innate musicianship and is an energetic conductor who has natural rapport with orchestras. As he has already worked at the top level as a professional cellist its clear he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire.

    Paavo Järvi

News

  • Jonathan Bloxham to remain at CBSO through 2017/18
    20.06.17

    Jonathan Bloxham to remain at CBSO through 2017/18

  • Conductor Jonathan Bloxham to join Groves Artists
    08.02.17

    Conductor Jonathan Bloxham to join Groves Artists