Conductor and pianist Jonathon 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 before beginning his career at Scottish Opera as the company’s first Emerging Artist Répétiteur. From 2013 to 2014 he held the Alexander Gibson Choral Conducting Fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. From 2014 to 2016 he was Solorepetitor and Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater in Nuremberg where he conducted opera, ballet, and musical theatre. In 2016 he returned to Scottish Opera as Chorus Master, Répétiteur, and Musical Director for Opera Highlights.
Jonathon is passionate about the training of young singers. He spent six years on the core Faculty of the Georg Solti Accademia, 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 Artistic Director of the Alvarez Young Artists' Programme at Garsington Opera and works regularly as a visiting vocal coach in the major UK music colleges.
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