Jonathan
Stockhammer

“I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”
— Claude Debussy
“I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”
— Claude Debussy

Conductor Jonathan Stockhammer’s approach to music resembles a prism: a single idea leads him to many different forms of collaboration and music-making. His multifaceted repertoire and astonishing range of projects emanate from a deeply held conviction that great music cannot and should not be limited to any particular category or box.

A charismatic communicator, Jonathan applies his interpretational and theatrical sensibilities to both well-known, beloved repertoire as well as to overlooked masterworks of the past. Composers of today respect him as an experienced, flexible and astute partner in bringing their new works to life. On stage he forges strong bonds between performers and audiences. In rehearsal and performance alike, Jonathan has a gift for creating a community of the moment and for the moment.

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Debussy – La Mer

First movement De l’aube à midi sur la mer of Claude Debussy’s La Mer with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded live in concert at the Barbican in London on 20 April 2023.
“Working with an impressionistic musical canvas revealed Stockhammer’s adaptability as a conductor, as he revelled in Debussy’s masterly use of instrumental textures. There was a real sense of nature awakening.” – Opera and Classical Music Reviews

Dvorak – Symphony No. 9

A taste from the Twitch TV interactive livestreaming concert featuring Jonathan Stockhammer conducting the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”.

Nono – Al gran sole carico d’amore

Introduction (in German) to Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore. Jonathan Stockhammer conducted the Sinfonieorchester Basel at Theater Basel in 2019. “He accomplishes the remarkable feat of bringing forth a broad range of tones from a large apparatus.” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Fujikura – Recorder Concerto

Jonathan Stockhammer, soloist Jeremias Schwarzer and the Bamberg Symphony dedicated themselves to the diversity of the recorder with works by the Japanese composer Dai Fujikura in 2021.

Zappa – Peaches En Regalia

In 2020, Jonathan Stockhammer conducted Ensemble Modern in Peaches En Regalia and other works by Frank Zappa. Performed in the Main Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg.

Listen also to their CD recording from 2003.

“Jonathan Stockhammer conducting the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is a passionate musician who knows something about control as a path to ecstasy.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about “glut” and other orchestral works by Dieter Ammann

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24 May ‘24
Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, DE

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Jocelyn B. Smith, Vocals/Slam poetry

PAUL HINDEMITH
Mathis der Maler Symphony
THOMAS KESSLER
...said the shotgun to the head
FRANZ LISZT
Les Préludes

and music by
HEINER GOEBBELS, LILI BOULANGER,
DAI FUJIKURA and FRANK ZAPPA

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6 Jun ‘24
Kulturplast, Dresden, DE

Dresdner Philharmonie
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Concerto in Eb "Dumbarton Oaks",
Violin Concerto in D
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Sonata for Two Violins in C-major,
Violin Concerto Nr. 2 in g-minor

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7 Jun ‘24
Kulturpalast, Dresden, DE

Dresdner Philharmonie
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin

FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY
The Hebrides
ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG
Violin Concerto
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH/ANTON WEBERN
Ricercar a 6 from "The Musical Offering"
ALBAN BERG
Violin Concerto "Dem Andenken eines Engels"

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8 Jun ‘24
Kulturpalast, Dresden, DE

Dresdner Philharmonie
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
"Gigues" from "Images pour orchestre"
KARL AMADEUS HARTMANN
"Concerto funebre" for Violin and String Orchestra
BÉLA BARTÓK
Violin Concerto No. 2

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21 Jun ‘24
Deutsche Oper, Berlin, DE

Staatsballet Berlin
Christian Spuck, Choreography/Staging
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

GIUSEPPE VERDI
Messa da Requiem

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25 Jun ‘24
Deutsche Oper, Berlin, DE

Staatsballet Berlin
Christian Spuck, Choreography/Staging
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

GIUSEPPE VERDI
Messa da Requiem

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Kaun – Symphony No. 3, Symphonic poems: Minnehaha, Hiawatha

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Jonathan Stockhammer, conductor

“Balanced tempi which are not mechanically maintained, subtle rubati in appropriate places, a lyrical approach, careful realisation of articulation and a consistently well-balanced orchestral sound testify to the fact that Hugo Kaun has found a capable and prudent advocate in Jonathan Stockhammer.” – Klassik Heute

“An absolute tour de force.” – Klassik.com

 

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