Hong Kong-born British conductor Jonathan Lo studied music at Oxford University and conducting at the RNCM on a major scholarship. He was appointed to his first music directorship after winning the Oxford University conducting competition aged 18.
Since then he has conducted orchestras internationally and nationally, notably the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra as well as Principal Conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia and the Haffner Orchestra. As Music Director of the Manchester Chamber Choir, he is a regular chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic both in concert at Bridgewater Hall, and the BBC Proms and in the recording studio. He was a BBC Performing Arts Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert and continues to conduct for both companies regularly.
He has been Senior Lecturer in Conducting at the Leeds College of Music and is currently a staff member of the music department at King’s College, London, where he is music director of the symphony orchestra and mentors young conductors. In addition to his work for The Royal Ballet, plans for the 2018/19 season include his debut with Northern Ballet conducting the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s Victoria, his debut with the BBC Philharmonic and a return to Birmingham Royal Ballet for La Fille mal gardée and King Dances and to Scottish Ballet for Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.
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