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 Symphony Orchestra (China), Principal Conductor of the Manchester Chamber Choir, New Bristol Sinfonia and the Haffner Orchestra. As a Jette Parker Young Artist, Jonathan is on the conducting staff at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 with the Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) & Rambert Dance Company, he continues to guest conduct for both companies regularly. He was a semi-finalist in the 2012 London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Competition, and served as an assistant conductor for the Gabrieli Consort. In addition, Jonathan maintains his passion for working with young musicians through his work as Musical Director of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra. He was also Senior Lecturer in conducting at the Leeds College of Music and continues to teach privately.


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. As Musical Director of the Manchester Chamber Choir, Jonathan has worked as chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic both in concerts and in the recording studio, with highlights including the St Matthew Passion at the Bridgewater Hall and Missa Solemnis at the BBC Proms. In addition to the choir’s series of concerts, Jonathan also conducts them regularly for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4.


2018/19 highlights include a tour to Japan with the Royal Ballet, debut with the BBC Philharmonic, returning to Birmingham Royal Ballet for Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gradée & David Bintley's King Dances, and to Scottish Ballet for Christopher Hampson's Cinderella.

May 2018