JONATHAN TILBROOK BIOGRAPHY



Jonathan Tilbrook is an exciting and versatile conductor of repertoire ranging from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, whose career has included performances at major venues throughout the UK as well as in East and West Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and the Far East. Recent seasons have included appearances at the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb (Tchaikovsky 'Nutcracker'); Symphony Hall, Birmingham (with the Birmingham Philharmonic); London's Barbican Hall and the Bromsgrove Festival with the English Chamber Orchestra; Handel's 'Xerxes' (British Youth Opera) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; critically acclaimed performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion in France with Florilegium; Walton's 'Façade' at the Albert Hall, Nottingham with Lady Susanna Walton and musicians from Sinfonia Viva; appearances with the contemporary music ensemble One Voice in Edinburgh; and a performance of Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame and Tarik O’Regan’s 'Scattered Rhymes' with the Orlando Consort.

Early achievements included his appointment as Assistant Conductor with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic (Zlín, Czech Republic), and invitations to guest-conduct the Janáček Philharmonic and Košice State Philharmonic orchestras. He has since worked with a wide range of ensembles including the Martinů Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, Olomouc and Kroměříž chamber orchestras (Czech Republic); Košice State Philharmonic (Slovak Republic); Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Sinfonia Viva; contemporary music groups Gemini, One Voice, and Mephisto Ensemble, and the early music ensemble Florilegium. In 2004 he conducted a Beethoven programme for the Dartington International Summer School and has since appeared there regularly, most recently preparing a performance of Haydn's 'The Creation' for Sir Charles Mackerras. He has conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Nash Ensemble at the Orkney Conductors' Masterclass, and has also been invited to work as an assistant conductor with Welsh National Opera. Opera productions have included Don Pasquale; Die Fledermaus; La Bohčme; Carmen; Madama Butterfly; Cavelleria Rusticana; I Pagliacci; Le nozze di Figaro; Don Giovanni and L'Incoronazione di Poppea, many of these in performances at major UK festivals including Brighton, Cheltenham, King's Lynn and Holland Park.

Jonathan presently holds the position of Head of Postgraduate Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he works regularly with the conservatoire’s ensembles and is a member of the conducting staff. He is also the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at the University of Nottingham where he has conducted a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century repertoire including Mahler Symphony No. 2, Britten War Requiem, Janáček Glagolitic Mass and Verdi Requiem in major projects involving the Royal Philharmonic and Sinfonia Viva.