CBSO Assistant Conductor Announced

The CBSO is delighted to announce that Jonathan Bloxham has been appointed as its next Assistant Conductor.

Jonathan grew up in Gateshead, attended the Yehudi Menuhin School, and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Cello. He has received conducting lessons with Sian Edwards (from the Royal Academy of Music) and Nicholas Pasquet (from the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar), as well as Paavo Järvi, Peter Stark and David Parry.

Jonathan's recent conducting highlights include the Philadelphia Orchestra in the finals of their search for an Assistant, the semi-finals of the London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Competition, and several concerts at Kings Place and at the Sage Gateshead. He will appear with the CBSO and pianist Peter Donohoe performing Schumann's Piano Concerto on 28 June 2017, as well as working with CBSO Youth Orchestra and conducting the the CBSO for one of next season's Family Concerts. Working closely with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and visiting conductors - as well as the CBSO's Michael Seal and Simon Halsey - Jonathan will provide rehearsal notes and advise on balancing issues for main-season CBSO concerts at Symphony Hall.

Jonathan commented "I'm thrilled and honoured to be joining the CBSO family next season. It's a very exciting step for me and my career as a conductor. I can't wait to start working with and learning from Mirga, Michael, Simon and the Orchestra."

Having received almost two hundred applications for the position, the panel narrowed down the list to eight conductors, who conducted two pianos in their first round audition on the morning of Friday 10 June. Those successful in this round completed a second round audition that afternoon, conducting the full CBSO in the Justham Auditorium.

The position of Assistant Conductor is generously funded by Tony Davis and Darin Qualls