Jonathan Brandani, Conductor
Jonathan Brandani

Jonathan Brandani

Conductor
Bio: JONATHAN BRANDANI is an Italian born conductor appreciated for his "fine regard for the score’s details ... his clear, purposeful indications" and "his enthusiasm" (Seen and Heard International). Recent engagements include his successful debuts at the Daegu Opera House (South Korea) in Aida, at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany) in L’elisir d’amore as well as appearances at Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis/St.Paul, U.S.A) in Tosca, La Bohème and Don Pasquale. His performances of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the 15th Daegu International Opera Festival (Daegu, South Korea) were hailed with such enthusiasm that they earned him the Grand Prix, the highest recognition bestowed on an artist by the Festival. Upcoming engagements include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany), Haydn’s Il mondo della luna at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain) and Mercadante’s Il Bravo at Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland). He has also been invited to conduct Mayr’s Medea in Corinto at the inaugural Teatro Nuovo festival in 2018 in New York and he is slated to return to the Daegu Opera House (South Korea) for La Bohème. Jonathan has been an Associate Conductor at Des Moines Metro Opera, Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale University and Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012 he has been the Music Director of Lucca Opera Festival (Italy), where he has conducted new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’amore. He also worked as an Assistant Conductor at Festival Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria). Among others, he has conducted the Düsseldorf Symphoniker, Wiener KammerOrchester, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Bruno Maderna and Haydn Symphonietta. A passionate interpreter and scholar of Early Music, Jonathan has played harpsichord and organ continuo with several renowned European Early Music ensembles including Concerto Köln, I Barocchisti and Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ArteMusica, and Oltremontano, regularly performing at major international Festivals. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, VIRGIN Classics, ORF, Radio 4 Netherlands/AVRO, RSI, and Bongiovanni. Jonathan is the founder, conductor and artistic director of the period instrument orchestra L’Eloquenza; he also received the Theodor Körner Fonds bursary in 2010 from the Austrian Republic for his research on the baroque and classical music of composers from Tuscany. He graduated in Orchestral Conducting with full marks and honours at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University. After graduating in Piano, Jonathan studied composition, harpsichord and historically informed performance practice at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Musicology at the University of Pavia (Italy). Jonathan Brandani is also a laureate of the San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program. More info at: www.jonathanbrandani.net Updated November 2017. Not to be altered without permission from IMG Artists. Last update: 2017-12-06 11:44:26 +01:00
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Bio: JONATHAN BRANDANI is an Italian born conductor appreciated for his "fine regard for the score’s details ... his clear, purposeful indications" and "his enthusiasm" (Seen and Heard International). Recent engagements include his successful debuts at the Daegu Opera House (South Korea) in Aida, at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany) in L’elisir d’amore as well as appearances at Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis/St.Paul, U.S.A) in Tosca, La Bohème and Don Pasquale. His performances of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the 15th Daegu International Opera Festival (Daegu, South Korea) were hailed with such enthusiasm that they earned him the Grand Prix, the highest recognition bestowed on an artist by the Festival. Upcoming engagements include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany), Haydn’s Il mondo della luna at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain) and Mercadante’s Il Bravo at Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland). He has also been invited to conduct Mayr’s Medea in Corinto at the inaugural Teatro Nuovo festival in 2018 in New York and he is slated to return to the Daegu Opera House (South Korea) for La Bohème. Jonathan has been an Associate Conductor at Des Moines Metro Opera, Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale University and Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012 he has been the Music Director of Lucca Opera Festival (Italy), where he has conducted new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’amore. He also worked as an Assistant Conductor at Festival Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria). Among others, he has conducted the Düsseldorf Symphoniker, Wiener KammerOrchester, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Bruno Maderna and Haydn Symphonietta. A passionate interpreter and scholar of Early Music, Jonathan has played harpsichord and organ continuo with several renowned European Early Music ensembles including Concerto Köln, I Barocchisti and Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ArteMusica, and Oltremontano, regularly performing at major international Festivals. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, VIRGIN Classics, ORF, Radio 4 Netherlands/AVRO, RSI, and Bongiovanni. Jonathan is the founder, conductor and artistic director of the period instrument orchestra L’Eloquenza; he also received the Theodor Körner Fonds bursary in 2010 from the Austrian Republic for his research on the baroque and classical music of composers from Tuscany. He graduated in Orchestral Conducting with full marks and honours at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University. After graduating in Piano, Jonathan studied composition, harpsichord and historically informed performance practice at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Musicology at the University of Pavia (Italy). Jonathan Brandani is also a laureate of the San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program. More info at: www.jonathanbrandani.net Updated November 2017. Not to be altered without permission from IMG Artists. Last update: 2017-12-06 11:44:26 +01:00
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Jonathan Brandani
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The stage direction found a willing counterpart in the zippy, flexible conducting of Jonathan Brandani. Brandani drew peppery, athletic playing from an on-form orchestra and relished the score’s numerous sly references to Rossini, Verdi, Mozart and Puccini."
Terry Blaine
Star Tribune
Under the conducting of Jonathan Brandani, the Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera produced an engrossing reading, in which the score’s rich textures and subtle expressivity were fully explored. This made the opera as a whole, a memorable musical experience. Brandani held the orchestra, chorus and soloists together in a wonderfully balanced performance, allowing Mercadante’s music the space to convince."
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