Jonathan Stockhammer


Jonathan Stockhammer combines a broad experience in the field of contemporary music with a unique and impassioned approach to the classical symphonic and opera repertoire. He has worked with such renowned orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In the season of 2008/2009, Jonathan Stockhammer conducted the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Czech Philharmonic, with which he made his debut in May 2008. He appeared at the Donaueschinger Musiktage and Wien Modern as well as at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, where he conducted the premiere of Rihm’s Proserpina. He also made his debut with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.

In the last two seasons, he appeared twice at the Philharmonie Berlin, conducting Ensemble Resonanz, and made his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in a programme of the European premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Skyscape and the world premiere of Notte di Pasqua by Frank Michael Beyer with soloist Tabea Zimmermann as well as Debussy’s Jeux and Stravinsky’s Petroushka. Furthermore, he conducted the MDR Symphony Orchestra in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin during the Ultraschall Festival, and made his Sydney Symphony Orchestra debut in two sold-out appearances at the Sydney Opera House.

Opera comprises a central part of Jonathan Stockhammer’s musical activities. His opera productions identify him as a conductor who meets and masters complex scores and special productions as a welcome challenge and include Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Turnage’s Twice Through the Heart, Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici and most recently Monkey: Journey to the West by Damon Albarn. He has been a regular guest at the Opéra de Lyon since his first appearance there in 1998. An invitation to conduct Dusapin’s Faustus, The Last Night at the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris followed the highly successful premiere of this production at the Opéra de Lyon. The Faustus-DVD was awarded the prestigious Victoire de la musique, Prix Choc and Prix Francois Reichenbach. He conducted the Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon in two concerts at the Philharmonie Essen in April 2008. In the season 2007/2008, he appeared at the New Zealand International Arts Festival for the first time, where he conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in several performances of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and The Lindbergh Flight.

His explorations into the rock/pop genre have included Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions, a CD with works by Frank Zappa with Ensemble Modern released in 2003 on RCA, which was honoured with an Echo Klassik award, and performances and the recording of a new soundtrack to Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin composed by and performed with the Pet Shop Boys.

Jonathan Stockhammer initially studied Chinese language and political science before taking up his studies in Composition and Conducting in his home city of Los Angeles. Whilst still at university, he substituted at short notice for a series of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to assist Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. After completing his studies, Jonathan Stockhammer resettled in Germany, where he became immersed in the unique ensemble culture, conducting the Ensemble Modern, musikFabrik and Ensemble Resonanz amongst others. His special affinity with the East Asian region (in addition to English, French and German, he speaks Japanese and Chinese) is reflected in a close collaboration with the composer Toshio Hosokawa.

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