Music takes many forms
A selection of the operas conducted by Jonathan: Zemlinsky Eine florentinische Tragödie and Ravel L’Heure Espagnole (Opéra de Lyon), Wolfgang Rihm Proserpina and the lyric work Deus Passus (with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra), Thomas Adès Powder Her Face (New York City Opera), Philip Glass Satyagraha (Theater Basel/Komische Oper Berlin) and Luigi Nono Al gran sole carico d’amore (Theater Basel).
Jonathan relishes music that blurs the boundaries between classical music, rock, pop, and hip-hop. His CD Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions with Ensemble Modern, featuring works by Frank Zappa, won an Echo Klassik Award. He also recorded a new soundtrack to Sergei Eisensteins’s 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin, composed and performed by the Pet Shop Boys. His live recording of The New Crystal Silence with Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy in 2009. His collaboration with spoken word artist Saul Williams on Said the Shotgun to the Head, featuring music composed by Thomas Kessler, has also been particularly successful. To date, he has conducted the work with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.
The 2023–24 season sees Jonathan debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden and at the New National Theatre Tokyo. In Berlin he will conduct BOVARY, the opening production of Christian Spuck, the new artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin. Further highlights include returns to the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the SWR Symphonieorchester, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Essener Philharmoniker, Turku Philharmonic and the Ljubljana Festival.