British conductor Jonathan Bloxham begins his tenure as Music Director of the Luzerner Theater this season with new productions of Boheme, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Dido and Aeneas, having debuted last season with Bluebeard’s Castle. He made his Glyndebourne Festival debut in 2021, conducting Luisa Miller with the London Philharmonic. That year he also conducted Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Don Pasquale, having already conducted Rigoletto for GTO in 2019.
Resident Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the London Mozart Players since 2022, together they celebrate the orchestra’s 75th birthday this season with an array of starry soloists, recreating Mozart’s 1983 Vienna concert and continuing their community music-making to celebrate Croydon’s year as Borough of Culture.
Guesting highlights in 23/24 include debuts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and with the BBC Symphony, a return to the London Philharmonic, and another tour with Philharmonic Brass (musicians from Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras) culminating in a televised concert in the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. He also returns to the Belgian National, Residentie Orkest, Estonian National, and conducts the Bonn Beethovenorchester, Ostrobothnian Chamber, and the orchestra of Opera North all for the first time. Last season he debuted with the Tokyo Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, made multiple visits to the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, and returned to the Hallé Orchestra and to the Britten Sinfonia at the Aldeburgh Festival.
He has recorded CDs with the London Symphony Orchestra (2022) and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (2021, Strauss and Cesar Franck): “irresistible” Musicweb International.
For the past 15 years Jonathan has been Artistic Director of the Northern Chords Festival based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Passionate about unearthing little-known composers and championing new work, Jonathan has commissioned several premieres by young composers such as Vlad Maistorovici, Jack Sheen and Freya Waley Cohen. Jonathan’s conducting career was launched when he took up the Assistant Conductor position at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018 under Mirga Grazynte-Tyla. He was then invited by Paavo Järvi to conduct the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, since when he has become a regular guest.
Before taking up conducting he was a founder member and the cellist of the Busch Trio, performing regularly at the Wigmore Hall, across Europe and on BBC Radio 3, and still plays chamber music on occasion. Whilst studying at the Royal College of Music he won several prestigious awards including the Suggia Gift and the RCM Cello Prize; he made his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2012. He began his musical training at the age of 8 with a local cello teacher from the Gateshead Schools Music Service. 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, taking further conducting studies with Sian Edwards, Michael Seal, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo Järvi.
Zentralplus, September 2022
“A theater afternoon that gets under your skin…The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Jonathan Bloxham magnificently shows all the nuances of this colorful and not easy Bartók opera, one of the most important masterpieces of the 20th century.”
The Times, February 2023
“All credit to the London Mozart Players…its presentation of this event – with lively programme notes and illustrated spoken introductions to the music from the stage – suggested an ensemble determined to make its musical offering as accessible as possible…ebullient conductor…played joyously and in fine style”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2021
"Clearly a natural conducting talent, seemingly born with an astonishing technique…incredibly flexible yet clear-sighted phrasing. Convincingly organic in his approach…small details are relished and then elegantly absorbed into the whole…bold and yet always professional"