ABOUT 2019-09-10T20:45:52+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 in October 2016. He now regularly conducts in both Poland and Romania.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra’s expansion over an 14 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.

A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan has conducted several BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ‘Composers of Wales’ concerts, premiered five new operas with the Size Zero Opera Company in London and Singapore and collaborated closely with composers Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and most recently throughout Asia at numerous youth orchestra festivals. He has become increasingly involved in mentoring young musicians from the slum community in Bangkok, Thailand. The Music for Life Project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. Jonathan is honoured to be Artistic Director of the Music for Life Project since 2015 and has helped to promote the project providing some of the young musicians with opportunities to experience European musical life.

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.