Jonathan Lo, Conductor
'...always in control, undoubtedly destined for great things'
Richard Wilcox Bachtrack

‘Jonathan Lo and the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra brought the invention 
and the concept of the music clearly to life with such transparency...
music making that is both technically impressive and passionately expressive.’
Musical Weekly, China

Hong Kong-born Briton Jonathan Lo is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Xi’an Symphny Orchestra, as well as Principal Conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia & the Haffner Orchestra. In addition, Jonathan is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, working primarily as a cover conductor for the Royal Ballet. As Music Director of the Manchester Chamber Choir, he is a regular chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic both in concert at the Bridgewater Hall, at the BBC Proms, and in the recording studio. He was a BBC Performing Arts Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet & Rambert, and continues to conduct for both companies regularly. In addition, Jonathan was Senior Lecturer in Conducting at the Leeds College of Music, and is currently a staff member of the music department at King’s College, London, where he is music director of the symphony orchestra and mentors young conductors.


Born in 1987, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford, before going on to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music on a major scholarship. Jonathan was appointed to his first music directorship after winning the Oxford University’s conducting competition aged 18. Since then, Jonathan has conducted orchestras internationally and nationally, most notably the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Scottish Ballet Orchestra and the Gabrieli Consort. 

Born in 1987, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford, before going on to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music on a major scholarship, graduating with distinction and winning the Mortimer Furber Prize in conducting contemporary music. He has worked and studied with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Jac van Steen, Pablo-Heras Cassado and Paul McCreesh. Jonathan was appointed to his first music directorship whilst at university, when he was appointed to the Oxford University Philharmonia after winning the University’s conducting competition aged 18. Since then, Jonathan has conducted orchestras internationally and nationally, most notably the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Malko Competition), the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Rambert Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (Solon Michaelides Competition), the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, the Fairey Band and the Orquestra do Algarve.


In the theatre, Jonathan has conducted performances of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Dream and Cinderella for BRB, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling for Scottish Ballet, Transfigured Night, Frames, Dark Arteries, Ghost Dances and The Three Dancers for Rambert Dance Company in most UK venues including Sadler’s Wells, Wales Millennium Centre and the Lowry. Equally comfortable in opera, Jonathan has conducted performances of Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte (Oxford Opera), Der Schauspieldirektor, Die Zauberflote (Opera Lyrica, Oxford), Les Noces, Anna Bolena (Opera Seria, Manchester), as well as giving premieres of operas such as Amy’s Last Dive by Cheryl Frances-Hoad. 

2018/19 season highlights include his debut with Northern Ballet conducting the world-premiere of Cathy Marston’s Victoria, debut with the BBC Philharmonic, as well as returning to Birmingham Royal Ballet for productions of La Fille mal Gardee and King Dances, and to Scottish Ballet for Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.


May 2018