Jonathan Bloxham is already establishing himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and has recently been appointed Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from the 2016/17 season.
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. As a cellist and chamber musician he is also prize winner of many international competitions and regularly performs at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre. Future engagements include a tour to the Far East & New Zealand and his conducting debut with the CBSO.
Jonathan started his musical training at the age of 8 with a local teacher at his primary school in Gateshead. He then studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll and finally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. Jonathan has taken further studies with Eberhart Feltz, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo Jarvi.
Passionate both about education and his birth town in the North East of England, in 2009 Jonathan founded Northern Chords, a chamber music festival, which aims to bring world class musicians to the region not only to perform but also to engage with and inspire the local young people making music. Jonathan has also recently collaborated with Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas on a project called ‘100 Faces’ that brought 100 people new to classical music into the concert hall to perform in a cross-arts performance at the Sage Gateshead.
Engagements this season include a second tour to New Zealand and the Far East, as well as a return to Kings Place.