After studying music at the University of Cambridge, singing and flute at  the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and conducting in London, Jonathan Nott began his career at the Frankfurt and Wiesbaden Operas where he conducted all the major works including a complete Ring cycle with Siegfried Jerusalem. During that time, he started a closer collaboration with the Ensemble Modern.
Jonathan Nott was Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, Principal Conductor of  the Ensemble intercontemporain from 2000 to 2003 and Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2016. In September 2014 he took up the position of Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and in January 2017 he commenced his position as Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
A regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras, he has worked with the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, as well as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Chicago and Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Jonathan Nott is an inspiration to young musicians. In March 2013 he made his debut with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and at the request of the players, was immediately offered the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. His commitment to working with young players extends to his relationship with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with whom he returned in 2015 for acclaimed performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 across Europe. He also collaborates with the Karlsruhe and Lucerne music schools.
During his tenure in Bamberg he established their artist-in-residence series, resulting in extended collaborations with Vadim Repin, Truls Mørk and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, as well as a partnership with the designer Peter Schmidt. Jonathan Nott also initiated the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, of which Gustavo Dudamel and Lahav Shani are prizewinners.
Jonathan Nott’s rich and varied recording catalogue perfectly reflects his eclectic interests, ranging from Ligeti’s complete orchestral works with the Berlin Philharmonic to Schubert, Bruckner, Stravinsky and the nine Mahler Symphonies, all with the Bamberg Symphony. In 2010 he received the MIDEM Award for his Mahler Symphony Nr. 9. He recorded Wagner arias with the German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, as well as works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm.
Among his most recent releases, mention should be made of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, a new recording of Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic featuring Jonas Kaufmann singing both the tenor and baritone arias and three new releases with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner Symphony Nr 8 and Nr 5 and a coupling of Bruckner Symphony Nr 9 with the Adagio from Mahler Symphony Nr 10.
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