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 debut 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 and La bohème.
Upcoming conducting engagements include Verdi’s Aida at Daegu Opera House (South Korea), Haydn’s Il mondo della luna at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain) and Leoni’s L’oracolo at Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland) in October 2018. He has also been invited to conduct Mayr’s Medea in Corinto at the first edition of Teatro Nuovo, a new Belcanto Festival founded by Will Crutchfield that will take place in Summer 2018 in New York.
Jonathan has been Associate Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale University, Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra and Resident Artist Conductor at Minnesota Opera. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director of LuccaOperaFestival (Lucca, Italy) where since then he has been conducting new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’amore. He conducted Le Nozze di Figaro and Ariodante at the Opera House at Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna and worked as Music Director at the Sommertraum Festival am Semmering, Austria. He also worked as assistant Conductor of Festival Oper Klosterneuburg, Austria (Don Giovanni, La Fille du régiment, Carmen). 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 been playing harpsichord and organ continuo with several renowned European Early Music ensembles like Concerto Köln, I Barocchisti and Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ArteMusica, Oltremontano, regularly performing at major international Festivals like OudeMusiek Utrecht, Opéra Royal Versailles, Internationale Barocktage Melk, ArteMusica Milano, KölnOper. He has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon, VIRGIN Classics, ORF, Radio4 Netherlands/AVRO, RSI, Bongiovanni. Jonathan is also founder, conductor and artistic director of the period instrument orchestra L’Eloquenza; he also received the bursary Theodor Körner Fonds 2010 of the Austrian Republic for his researches in the field of baroque and classical music of composers from Tuscany.
He graduated in Orchestra Conducting with full marks and honors at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and holds a Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting from Yale University. After graduating in Piano, Jonathan studied Harpsichord with Francesco Cera and Wolfgang Glüxam; he deepened his knowledge of the historically informed performance practice studying with personalities like Reinhard Goebel, Bob van Asperen and Fabio Bonizzoni. He also won the First Prize at the National Harpsichord competition ‘Terzo Musica’ in 2010.
Moreover, he studied Composition at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Musicology at the University of Pavia (Italy). Mr. Brandani is also a laureate of the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera.
More info at www.jonathanbrandani.net.