Conductor and vocal coach Jonathon Cole-Swinard is Head of Music at Garsington Opera and Chorus Master at Scottish Opera.

He studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began his career at Scottish Opera as the company’s first Emerging Artist Répétiteur. He subsequently held the Alexander Gibson Choral Conducting Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus before joining the music staff at the Staatstheater in Nuremberg where he conducted opera, ballet, and musical theatre. In 2016 he returned to Scottish Opera and in 2018 he joined the team at Garsington Opera. 

 

He has worked on over 70 stage productions and is particularly passionate about the training of young singers. He spent six years on the teaching Faculty of the Georg Solti Accademia and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, two years as the Artistic Director of the Scottish Opera Young Company, and was Head of Music for the New Generation Festival in Florence. He is the Music Director of the Garsington Opera Young Artists Programme and works regularly as a visiting vocal coach in the major UK music colleges. 

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