Jonathan Mann is one of Wales' most exciting musicians. As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra's expansion over a 10 year period. During this time the orchestra has performed a cycle of Beethoven Symphonies and worked with soloists including pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Sunwook Kim and the acclaimed tenor Dennis O'Neill. The orchestra has recently broadcast for the BBC and S4C and will finish 2014 with a 10th anniversary gala concert.
Jonathan has formed a close relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since his debut in 2009. They have collaborated several times including a performance at the BBC Proms and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Jonathan Mann just completed a successful tenure as Principal Conductor of the Hertford Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the regular concert series he has helped to build the orchestras reputation in the local community through performances of quality and energetic engagement with audiences. Highlights have included annual children's concerts and collaborations with local schools.
A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan Mann 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 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 and future plans include a tour of New Zealand.
Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked regularly in Europe and most recently in 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 moved to Bangkok in the Spring of 2014 and now divides his time between Thailand and the UK. He has become increasingly involved in working with young orchestral musicians from the Bangkok slums. The project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. He recently conducted the musicians in two 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 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.