Jonathan Brandani


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Jonathan Brandani is an emerging Italian born conductor appreciated for his "fine regard for the score’s details ... his clear, purposeful indications" and "his enthusiasm" (Seen and Heard International). Starting in September 2017 Jonathan will begin his new position as Assistant Conductor at Minnesota Opera.

Recent engagements include his successful conducting debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, (Dusseldorf, Germany) in L’elisir d’amore and concerts as guest conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony (MN, U.S.A.).

Having conducted performances of Tosca last season at Minnesota Opera, he will also lead performances of La Bohème in May 2017 and will be the Music Director of Don Pasquale, the opening production of Minnesota Opera’s 2017–2018 season.

Since 2015 he has been Assistant Conductor at Minnesota Opera, where he also worked as coach during the 2014–2015 season. He has also worked as Associate Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, and Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale University. He has been Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, and since 2012, he has been Music Director of LuccaOPERAfestival (Italy), where he has conducted productions of L’italiana in Algeri, L’Elisir d’amore, Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro.

He has guest conducted the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Wiener KammerOrchester,  Nationaltheater Orchester Mannheim, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Webern Symphonie Orchester, Haydn Symphonietta, Maribor International Orchestra, and the Orchestra Filarmonica Puccini.

Mr. Brandani conducted Le nozze di Figaro and Ariodante at the Opera House at Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna, Austria and worked as music director at the Sommertraum Festival am Semmering (Austria) where he conducted Don Giovanni and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has also worked in the Music Staff of the Festival Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria).

He studied Orchestra Conducting with Mark Stringer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he graduated with full marks and honors in June 2012. At the same university he has also studied opera conducting and choir conducting. His other teachers include Daniel Harding, Zubin Mehta, Colin Metters, Alexander Polishchuk, Klaus Arp, and Piero Bellugi. Moreover, he holds a master of music in orchestra conducting from Yale University, where he studied with Shinik Hahm. Jonathan is also a laureate of the Merola Opera program at San Francisco Opera center. Mr. Brandani studied piano, composition, and musicology in Italy; he also studied harpsichord and early music with renowned specialists such as Reinhard Goebel, Bob van Asperen, Francesco Cera, and Fabio Bonizzoni.

A passionate interpreter and scholar of early music, Jonathan has been playing harpsichord with leading European early music orchestras and has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon, VIRGIN Classics, ORF, Radio4 Netherlands/AVRO, and RSI, Bongiovanni. He is also founder, conductor, and artistic director of the period instrument orchestra L’Eloquenza and 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.