Jonathan Mann is one of Wales' most exciting musicians. He has conducted extensively internationally and has broadcast on television and radio. Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and an invitation to make his Polish conducting debut in October 2016.
As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra's expansion over a 11 year period. The orchestra recently broadcast for the BBC and S4C and celebrated their 10th anniversary with a special gala concert.
In 2014 Jonathan Mann completed a successful tenure as Principal Conductor of the Hertford Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the regular concert series he helped to build the reputation of the orchestra in the local community through performances of quality and energetic engagement with audiences. Highlights included annual children's concerts and collaborations with local schools.
A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan has conducted two BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ‘Composers of Wales’ concerts with his mentor Jac Van Steen, premiered five new operas with the Size Zero Opera Company in London and Singapore and collaborated closely with composers Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He also conducted the London Sinfonietta in masterclasses with Pierre Andre Valade.
Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and most recently throughout Asia at numerous youth orchestra festivals. He has a close association with AMIS Music Educators and has worked as clinician for music festivals including Hong Kong International School, Singapore American School and International School of Bangkok.
Jonathan has an ever growing presence working with musicians in South East Asia. He has become increasingly involved in working with young orchestral musicians from the Bangkok, Thailand slums. The Music for Life Project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. He has conducted the musicians in several concerts and future plans include helping to promote the school and providing some of the young musicians with opportunities to experience European musical life. Jonathan is honoured to be Artistic Director of the Music for Life Project as of May, 2015.
Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Easter Festival.