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 1783 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.
His 2021 Strauss and Franck recording with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie was described as “irresistible” by Musicweb International. He has also recorded CDs for future release with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony (both 2022), and with the London Mozart Players, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and BBC Scottish Symphony (all 2023).
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 works, 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, where he has since 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. Bloxham began his musical training at the age of 8 with a local cello teacher from the Gateshead Schools Music Service, before studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School and then the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carrol, where he won several prestigious awards including the Suggia Gift and the RCM Cello Prize. Bloxham went on to complete a Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins, where he made his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2012 and studied conducting with Sian Edwards, Michael Seal, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo Järvi.
Luzerner Zeitung, December 2023
"Under the baton of Jonathan Bloxham, the orchestra performs fearsomely with rich brass, war drums, timpani and trumpets and, with a lot of string melody and woodwind poetry, anticipates how heartfelt the singing will be this evening...it is rare to hear such a symphonic sound in the Luzerner Theater, which is sharpened with much brio, breathes freely and moves at the upper volume level."
Luebecker Nachrichten, September 2023
"With Mendelssohn's 'Scottish', Bloxham once again took centre stage with the NDR Elbphilharmonie. His rehearsal defined the work with an overwhelming richness of colour, both in the striking effects and the very special moments. The opening of the Adagio is magical in itself, but Bloxham made even the banal clarinet fifths into more than an imitation of bagpipes, the low flutes into more than an image of cloudy peaks."
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”