ABOUT 2019-11-05T05:23:42+00:00
Jonathan has an infectious joy in his conducting and music-making
Bernard Haitink
An outstanding talent.
Jac Van Steen
A very talented young conductor
Julian Smith


Jonathan Mann is one of Wales’ most exciting musicians and from 2017-19 was the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has conducted extensively internationally and has broadcast on television and radio.

Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and a special jury prize leading to his Polish debut with the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2019 he was selected as one of 20 finalists from 300 auditionees to participate in the prestigious Besancon International Conducting Competition in France.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra’s expansion over a 15 year period. The orchestra recently broadcast for the BBC and S4C and has worked with soloists including Nicola Benedetti, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Benjamin Grosvenor, Sunwook Kim and Dennis O’Neill.

Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and throughout Asia at numerous orchestra festivals. Since 2015 he has been Artistic Director of the Immanuel Orchestra in Bangkok which is loosely modeled on the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. During this period he has raised the level of the orchestra and performed symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. He has also helped to mentor students and encourage them into higher education.

Recently he has been in demand as a teacher of conducting at various conferences and with the founding of the Thai Conductors Forum in Bangkok has started to mentor a new generation of Thai conductors.

Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Festival.