Since taking up conducting in 2015 in his mid-20’s, former acclaimed cellist
Jonathan Bloxham has swiftly made his mark as a conductor.
His 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, where he conducted a wide range of repertoire, closing their 16/17
season at Symphony Hall, and reinvited for May 2020. A summer concert with the
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie led to a recording project and then to subscription
concerts in Bremen and at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. After taking over Rusalka
rehearsals at the DSO Berlin for Robin Ticciati (whom he had assisted at
Glyndebourne), he has been invited back to conduct a studio concert in Autumn 2020.
Recent guest engagements have also included the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,
Aurora Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic
Orchestra, Basque National Orchestra and RTE Chamber. Last season he conducted
the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Tapiola Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players and Manchester Camerata, and had been
due to debut with the Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony and China
National Philharmonic (in Beijing). He looks forward to his Halle Orchestra and Tokyo
Symphony debuts in the coming months.
Last season Jonathan conducted two performances and assisted on Rigoletto for
Glyndebourne Touring Opera, leading immediately to reinvitations to conduct four
performances of Puccini in 2020, and to his Glyndebourne main Summer season
debut in 2021 with several performances of Verdi.
For the past 11 years Jonathan has been Artistic Director of the Northern Chords
Festival based in his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to taking up
conducting he was a founder member and the cellist of the Busch Trio, performing
regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank and on BBC Radio 3. He won several
prestigious awards whilst studying at the Royal College of Music, and made his
concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2012.
Passionate about contemporary music, Jonathan has commissioned several new
works by young composers such as Vlad Maistorovici, Jack Sheen and Freya Waley
Cohen. He has conducted the CBSO in a performance of Nitin Sawhney’s Animal
Symphony which was broadcast on Sky Arts, and in May 2017 he conducted the
premiere of Matthew Kaner’s Stranded for solo violin and chamber orchestra with
violinist Benjamin Baker at the Europe Day Concert at St. John’s Smith Square,
Jonathan started his musical training at the age of 8 with a local cello teacher at his
primary school in Gateshead. 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. Jonathan has taken further
conducting studies with Sian Edwards, Michael Seal, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo
"Conducting from memory, Bloxham was remarkably attentive to the many and rapid transitions from elegance to vivacity"
— Seen and Heard International