Chief Conductor:Bamberger Symphoniker
Music Director: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser : Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
“Together, I think they’ve created one of the most exciting partnerships in orchestra music of the last 9 years.”
Tom Service The Guardian
Jonathan Nott is Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. In January 2017, he will commence the position of Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
A regular guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras, he has worked with the Berlin, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Concertgebouw, Santa Cecilia, Cleveland, Tonhalle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle and Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony orchestras. The 2015-16 season saw Nott return the Wiener Philharmoniker for highly acclaimed performances and a live Sony recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the tenor, Jonas Kaufmann and his second visit to the Chicago Symphony.
Celebrated worldwide for his work as Chief Conductor of with the Bamberger Symphoniker between 2000 and 2016, Nott raised the Orchestra to prominence, regularly visiting the USA, South America, China, Japan, the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms. He achieved much acclaim for his five-concert residency at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003, returning there with his Orchestra for the closing two concerts in September 2012. In 2013, to celebrate the composer’s bicentenary, he presented concert performances of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Lucerne Festival, and returned in 2015 for a concert performance of Verdi’s Falstaff.
Jonathan is an inspiration to young musicians. In March 2013 he made his debut with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonic and, at the request of the players, was 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 Symphony No 2 across Europe.
From 1997-2002 he was Chief Conductor of the Luzern Symphony Orchestra and between 2000-2003, Principal Conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain. During his tenure in Bamberg, Jonathan has established their artist-in-residence series, resulting in extended collaborations with Vadim Repin, Truls Mork and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Jonathan also initiated and presides over their triennial International Mahler Competition whose first prizewinner was Gustavo Dudamel.
Nott has a distinguished recording career. Gyorgy Ligeti became one of his mentors and, with the Berlin Philharmonic, Jonathan recorded the composer’s complete orchestral works for Teldec. Under the Tudor Records label, he has amassed an award-winning discography of works by Mahler, Bruckner, Schubert and Stravinsky recorded with his Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 their recording of Mahler Symphony No 9 was awarded the Midem Award for best symphonic recording. In early 2013, Sony released a CD, with Nott and the Orchestra, of Wagner excerpts with Klaus Florian Vogt and in August 2013 Tudor released Mahler Symphonies 6 and 8, the completion of Nott’s acclaimed Mahler cycle.
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