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. He is also on the conducting staff for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at The Royal Opera House. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and 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 Senior Lecturer in conducting at 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 Royal Northern College of Music on a major scholarship, graduating with distinction and winning the Mortimer Furber Prize in conducting contemporary music. 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 BBC Philharmonic, 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 Fairey Band and the Orquestra do Algarve.
In the theatre, Jonathan has conducted performances of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Dream and Cinderella for Birmingham Royal Ballet; Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling for Scottish Ballet; and Transfigured Night, Frames, Dark Arteries, Ghost Dances and The Three Dancers for Rambert in all of the UK’s major venues. Equally comfortable in opera, Jonathan has conducted performances of Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte (Oxford Opera); Der Schauspieldirektor, Die Zauberflote (Opera Lyrica, Oxford); and Les Noces, Anna Bolena (Opera Seria, Manchester), as well as giving premieres of contemporary operas such as Amy’s Last Dive by Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Jonathan has worked as chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic with the Manchester Chamber Choir both in concerts, at the BBC Proms and in the recording studio. In addition to the choir’s series of concerts, Jonathan also conducts them regularly for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. The 2018/19 season sees Jonathan makes his debut with Northern Ballet as guest music director for the world première of Victoria, a return to Scottish Ballet for Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella, and to Birmingham Royal Ballet for La Fille mal Gardée, King Dances and Hobson’s Choice.