“…he has innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire…” Paavo Järvi
Jonathan Bloxham is established as one of the leading British conductors of his generation. He was Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018 and is Artistic Director of Northern Chords Festival. He conducted a wide range of repertoire with the CBSO ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Debussy. He closed the CBSO season in June 2017 in Symphony Hall with a programme of Smetana, Schumann and Dvorak.
Guest engagements since 2017 have included the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Aurora, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru (broadcast on BBC Radio 3).
He returned to DKAM Bremen in January 2019 for a recording project and in March for concerts in Bremen and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
in summer 2019 he will work as Assistant Conductor in Glyndebourne on Rusalka and other future engagements include a return to the CBSO, DKAM Bremen, concerts with the China National PO in Beijing, the Shanghai SO and the Guangzhou SO, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Pärnu City Orchestra and the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.
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 and performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre and was 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. 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 Master’s 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 Järvi.