His repertoire is extensive, his musical tastes eclectic and his energy effervescent: Jonathan Lo is one of the most sought-after ballet conductors in the world.
Hailing from Hong Kong and raised in England, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford before winning a major scholarship to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was appointed to his first music directorship at the age of 18, with the Oxford University Philharmonia, after winning the University’s conducting competition.
Jonathan’s star has continued to rise ever since. He has conducted orchestras across the UK and the world, collaborating with many of the world’s leading choreographers, and honed his talent for ballet conducting on the stage of London’s esteemed Royal Opera House, where he made his Royal Ballet mainstage debut conducting Christopher Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour and Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.
Commenting on Jonathan’s appointment, Artistic Director David Hallberg says, “It is undeniable that ballet and music are symbiotic: without music, ballet does not exist. The role of Music Director is integral to our success, and I am thrilled to welcome Jonathan to this vital position. Jonathan’s exceptional talent and enthusiasm for our art form will ensure the musicians in the pit and dancers on stage continue to deliver performances of the highest quality.”
We sat down with Jonathan to hear how his new role at The Australian Ballet is taking shape.