After studying music at the University of Cambridge, singing and flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and conducting in London, Jonathan Nott began his career at the Frankfurt and Wiesbaden Operas where he conducted major works such as the complete Ring cycle with Siegfried Jerusalem. During that time, he started collaborating with the Ensemble Moderne.
Jonathan Nott was Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, Principal Conductor of the Ensemble intercontemporain from 2000 to 2003 and Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2016. He is Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the German Youth Philharmonic. In January 2017, he commenced his position as Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
A regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras, he has worked with the Berlin, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, as well as the Tonhalle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Chicago and Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestras. The 2014-2015 season saw Maestro Nott conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Accademia nazionale and return to the Vienna Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Jonathan Nott is an inspiration to young musicians. In March 2013 he made his debut with the German Youth Philharmonic and, at the request of the players, was offered the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor. His commitment to working with young players extends to his relationship with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with whom he returned in 2015 for acclaimed performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 across Europe. He also collaborates with the Karlsruhe and Lucerne music schools.
During his tenure in Bamberg, he established their artist-in-residence series, resulting in extended collaborations with Vadim Repin, Truls Mork and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, as well as a partnership with Peter Schmidt. Jonathan Nott also initiated and presides over the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, of which Gustavo Dudamel and Lahav Shani are prizewinners.
Jonathan Nott has recorded György Ligeti's complete orchestral works for Teldec. On the Tudor Records label, he has amassed an award-winning discography of works by Mahler, Bruckner, Schubert and Stravinsky, recorded with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. In early 2013, Sony released a CD of Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra performing Wagner excerpts with Klaus Florian Vogt, and in August 2013 Tudor released Mahler's Sixth and Eighth Symphonies.