In just a few years, Jonathan Stockhammer has made a name for himself in the worlds of opera, symphonic repertoire, and contemporary music. As a superb communicator, he has a great talent not only for presenting concerts but also for working on an equal footing with a variety of performers – whether in big opera production teams, with young musicians and rappers or stars such as Imogen Heap or the Pet Shop Boys.
Opera is central to his work. The operas he has conducted, including Zemlinsky‘s Eine florentinische Tragödie, Sciarrino‘s Luci mie traditrici and Monkey: Journey to the West by Damon Albarn, identify him as a conductor who welcomes and masters the difficulties presented by complex scores and special, interdisciplinary productions. In 2019, he made his debut at the Zurich Opera with Michael Pelzel’s Last Call and will return in the season of 2021/22. Following the new production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Komische Oper Berlin and Theater Basel, he opened Basel’s season 2019/2020 with Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore. In the 2022/23 season, he will make his debuts at Opera Vlaanderen (Satyagraha), Oper Frankfurt (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Staatsballett Berlin (Onegin).
Jonathan Stockhammer has worked with numerous renowned orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, Biennale Venice, the Wiener Festwochen and Wien Modern.
Jonathan Stockhammer first studied Chinese and political science before moving on to studies in composition and conducting in his hometown of Los Angeles. During his studies, he filled in for a series of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, after which he was asked to become chief conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s assistant. After completing his studies, he moved to Germany where he formed close relationships with well-known European ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Collegium Novum Zürich and Ensemble Resonanz.