JONATHAN BRANDANI is an Italian born conductor appreciated for his "fine regard for the score’s details ... his clear, purposeful indications" and "his enthusiasm" (Seen and Heard International).
Recent engagements include L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany), Haydn’s Il mondo della luna at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia, Spain) and Mayr’s Medea in Corinto at the first edition of Teatro Nuovo 2018 (New York).
Last Fall he made his debut at the Wexford Festival Opera (Ireland) conducting Mercadante’s Il Bravo (whose score he had previously restored and co-edited) His interpretation of this hidden Bel Canto gem earned him great praise and recognition on the international press; the production was also live streamed in HD and is now available on demand on the TV channel MEZZO.
He is a regular guest of Daegu Opera House (South Korea) - where he has conducted Aida, Il Trittico and Madama Butterfly - and of Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis/St.Paul, U.S.A), where he has conducted Tosca, La Bohème and Don Pasquale. His performances of Puccini’s Il Trittico at the 15th Daegu International Opera Festival were hailed with such enthusiasm that they earned him the Grand Prix, the highest recognition bestowed on an artist by the Festival. During this past season Jonathan conducted La Bohème and L’Elisir d’amore at Daegu Opera House (South Korea), The Italian Straw Hat at Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis/St.Paul, U.S.A) and opera scenes at the Manhattan School of Music (New York). He is also slated to conduct La Bohème at Calgary Opera and to return to the Daegu Opera House for La Traviata.
Jonathan is currently a member of the music staff of Minnesota Opera. He has also been Associate Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale University and Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012 he is Music Director of LuccaOperaFestival (Italy), where he has been conducting new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale and L’Elisir d’amore. He also worked as Assistant Conductor of Festival Oper Klosterneuburg (Austria).
A passionate interpreter of Early Music, Jonathan has been playing harpsichord and organ continuo with several renowned European Early Music ensembles like Concerto Köln, I Barocchisti and Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, ArteMusica, Oltremontano, regularly performing at major international Festivals. He has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon, VIRGIN Classics, ORF, Radio4 Netherlands/AVRO, RSI, Bongiovanni. Jonathan is also founder, conductor and artistic director of the period instrument orchestra L’Eloquenza; he also received the bursary Theodor Körner Fonds 2010 of the Austrian Republic for his research in the field of baroque and classical music of composers from Tuscany.
He graduated in Orchestra Conducting with full marks and honours at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and holds a Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting from Yale University. After graduating in Piano, Jonathan studied Composition, Harpsichord and Historically Informed Performance Practice at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and Musicology at the University of Pavia (Italy). Mr. Brandani is also a laureate of the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera.