Insight, brilliance, daring

Jonathan Brett is noted for his exceptional interpretative insight and flair combined with brilliance and clarity of technique. Added to a rare sense of daring, these attributes mean that his performances are imbued with a real sense of adventure.

After early conducting studies in England, he went on to study with legendary Russian maestro, Yuri Simonov, later working as his assistant. For more than twenty years he was the Artistic Director of the English Classical Players, over the course of which he developed the orchestra into one of the country’s finest, noted for its opulently beautiful sound, and for the brilliant virtuosity and exuberant nature of its performances. A group of London’s finest musicians, from its roots as a classical chamber orchestra it developed into an ensemble playing in configurations from chamber ensemble to symphony orchestra in repertoire from baroque to contemporary. From 1996-2010 it was the resident orchestra at Watford Town Hall, a noted recording venue and probably the finest hall in England for orchestral performance.

As a guest conductor he has appeared with orchestras all over the world, most particularly the Moscow Philharmonic. The first British conductor ever to be invited to work with them, he made his début in 2002 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and subsequently appeared many times as a guest conductor in Moscow and on tour.