After studying music at Cambridge University, voice and flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and orchestral conducting in London, Jonathan Nott began his career at the Frankfurt and Wiesbaden Operas, where he conducted the leading standard repertory, including the Ring with Siegfried Jerusalem. His collaboration with the Ensemble Modern also dates from this period.
Widely recognized for his forceful, vigorous and clear interpretation of Mahler’s symphonies, Jonathan Nott immediately won the hearts of the musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with a performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. This led to his appointment as the OSR’s Music and Artistic Director starting in 2017, a position which he also holds with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony from 1997 to 2002, then Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris from 2000 to 2003 and Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony from 2000 to 2016.
Maestro Nott places particular emphasis on his work with young musicians. He made his debut with the German Youth Philharmonic in March 2013, and was appointed its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor as from summer 2014. He also collaborates with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with whom he will tour once again in 2019, and with the Karlsruhe and Lucerne music schools.
His guest engagements include appearances with the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Tonhalle of Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Chicago and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras. The 2014-2015 season saw invitations from the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome.
During his tenure in Bamberg, Jonathan Nott established an artist-in-residence series, resulting in collaborations with Vadim Repin, Truls Mork and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, as well as a fruitful partnership with Peter Schmidt. He was the founding director of the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, whose winners include Gustavo Dudamel and Lahav Shani.
Maestro Nott’s rich and varied recording catalogue perfectly reflects his eclectic interests, ranging from Ligeti’s complete orchestral works with the Berlin Philharmonic for Teldec to his award-winning discs of Mahler symphonies (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7), Bruckner, Schubert and Stravinsky, all with the Bamberg Symphony for Tudor. For Sony Classical, he recorded Wagner arias with the German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, as well as works by Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm.
Among his most recent releases, mention should be made of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony with the German Youth Philharmonic for EMM, and a new recording of Das Lied von der Erde by Mahler at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic for Sony Classical. This exciting project displayed Maestro Nott’s imaginative colorful and lively interpretation and featured Jonas Kaufmann singing both the tenor and baritone arias.
Among Jonathan Nott’s many upcoming engagements are a Dutch tour with the Orchestra of the 18th Century in spring 2018, tours of South America (May 2018) and Asia (spring 2019) with the OSR, and his preparation of the latter’s Centenary Season (1918-2018). In June 2018, at the head of the OSR he will record music by Johann and Richard Strauss for Pentatone at Geneva’s Victoria Hall.