music and artistic director
Well known for the power, vigour and clarity of his interpretations of Mahler’s works, Jonathan Nott was invited in 2014 to conduct the musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in a performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. As a result of this very promising first meeting, he was appointed as Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as from January 2017.
After studying music at the University of Cambridge, singing and flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and conducting in London, he began his career at the opera houses in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden where he conducted all major works of the repertoire including Wagner’s complete Ring cycle.
The year 1997 marked the beginning of a special relationship with Switzerland: as principal conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra he took an active part in the inaugural period of the new KKL where he also performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain founded by Pierre Boulez, and of which he was the music director from 2000 to 2003.
His sixteen years as principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 2000 until 2016 were filled with varied and enriching experiences: he created artist-in-residence programmes, went on several international tours with the orchestra, he received a Midem Award in 2010 for his recording of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, and he launched the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition from which have emerged some of today’s world famous conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel and Lahav Shani.
Moreover, Jonathan Nott has also been music director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since 2014.
He brings inspiration to young artists through his loyal and long-term commitment to the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and to the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
Jonathan Nott has a large catalogue of highly acclaimed recordings, including Ligeti’s complete orchestral works performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, the entire Schubert and Mahler Symphonies played by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Jonas Kaufmann as soloist.
His first recording with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of works by Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy and Gyorgy Ligeti was released by PentaTone in September 2018 and his second recording, dedicated to Arnold Schoenberg and Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, will be available in 2021.
"For me one of most essential things about live concerts is that no performance is ever the same and nor can it ever be repeated. I am a musician because I want to share, I want to communicate, and I want to celebrate the extraordinary power of music to bring people together. A concert with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is something that we experience collectively, but that we each sense individually inside of ourselves.
Each participant in this amazing communication without words will react with their own unique emotions, and it is this that creates a unique atmosphere at every concert. The OSR stands for openness, creativity and excellence, and I welcome each and every one of you: from inquisitive newcomer to seasoned listener, to participate and create as many of these musical experiences as you can fit into your diary! Be very careful: you might get completely hooked!
Join us for another year of unforgettable musical adventures: the magic of music is all about bringing us together!"
Jonathan Nott, Music and Artistic Director, March 2020
Photo credits: Claude Bornand, Philippe Christin, Barbara Luisi, Simon van Boxtel
Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98
Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva
Prélude à l’après-midi d'un faune
Recorded on 07 May 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva
Symphony No.3 in F major op. 90
Recorded on 17 May 2018 at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Cerrito 628