Jonathon Heyward
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"From the articulation of the first note on the bassi, through beautifully judged pacing and phrase shaping, he made the music ebb and flow as it should with both momentum and smoothness"




Jonathon Heyward is forging a career, as one the most exciting conductors of his generation.

Currently Assistant Conductor of The Hallé alongside Music Director Sir Mark Elder, the young American has also been selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dudamel Conducting Fellowship programme, commencing in July 2017. For his second tenure in the autumn 2017, Jonathon stepped in for Miguel Barth-Hadoya and made his debut with the orchestra for three major concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, with violinist Hilary Hahn.

2017/2018 promises to be a busy season. In addition to strengthening his work with both The Hallé Youth Orchestra (as its Artistic Director and main Conductor) and The Hallé, with which he will conduct his first subscription series concert with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor in March, Jonathon will also embark on a number of eclectic projects: five performances premiering Giorgio Battistelli’s new opera, Lazarus, for the Birmingham Opera Company with stage-Director Graham Vick, a tour of France with Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, to include performances at the festivals in Besançon and La Chaise-Dieu, a series of concerts at the best halls across Belgium with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, debuts with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne as well as a return invitation to Japan, to conduct the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.

In the USA, Jonathon has been invited to lead the orchestra of the Interlochen Summer Music programme in 2019 and will conduct the Spoleto festival’s production of Porgy and Bess in 2020.

In 2015, Jonathon won the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, taking the Grand Prize aged only 23, and has, since, conducted the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Panda Wind Orchestra in Japan, the Philharmonie Zuidnederlandand, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Chineke! Orchestra in the UK, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a production of Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, as part of his Conducting Fellowship supported by the Kurt Weill Foundation.

Originally a cellist, Jonathon commenced his conducting studies at The Boston Conservatory in the class of Andrew Altenbach. He went on to occupy the position of Assistant Conductor for both their opera department and the Boston Opera Collaborative from 2012 to 2014, where he worked on productions including La Bohème, Zauberflöte and The Rape of Lucretia. In 2013 he became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition and furthered his education with postgraduate studies with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, London, from where he graduated in June 2016.





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The photos in the gallery above are taken from my recent performances of Firebird as Part of LA Phil's Toyota Symphonies for Youth. Credit to Paul Cressey Photography.



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