Jonathan Mann is founder and Artistic Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta. Formed in 2004 the orchestra is now recognised for its exciting performances of the standard repertoire, attracting the best young musicians from the major UK conservatoires. The orchestra recently performed a cycle of Beethoven Symphonies and was Orchestra in Residence at the inaugural Cardiff Music Festival 2011. Soloists that have worked with the orchestra include pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Sunwook Kim and the acclaimed tenor Dennis O'Neill.
In March 2009, Jonathan made a highly successful debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at BBC Hoddinott Hall. Since then they have collaborated several times including a performance at the BBC Proms. He recently made his BBC Radio 3 'Discovering Music' debut with the orchestra working with Catrin Finch. Jonathan Mann has worked as assistant conductor to Thierry Fischer, Jac Van Steen and Yan Pascal Tortelier. He has also acted as assistant conductor for both the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan has collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and recently performed the world premiere of Diana Burrell's 'The Hours' Cycle in London. He made his debut at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival in August 2011 with the Size Zero Opera Company and returned to critical acclaim in 2012. This has resulted in Jonathan becoming Principal Conductor of Size Zero Opera.
Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music on the prestigious conducting course with Colin Metters, George Hurst and Mark Shanahan graduating with distinction in 2011. Masterclasses have included the London Sinfonietta Academy and the Lucerne Easter Festival where Jonathan was selected to participate in Bernard Haitink’s conducting masterclass.
During the 2013/14 season Jonathan will make his debut in Bangkok, Thailand. He will also continue his work with the Hertford Symphony Orchestra as Chief Conductor following two highly successful seasons.