Kika Nieuwenhuis
Territory: the Netherlands

Jonathon Heyward

Mozart, Don Giovanni - Hampstead Garden Opera (November 2015)
“Jonathon Heyward, conducting Musica Poetica London, gives us a taut and highly finished account of the score, and it’s wonderful to see those rarely-included moments back on stage, and working so well” 
(Charlotte Valori -

Jonathon Heyward is forging a career as one the most exciting conductors of his generation.  Currently Assistant Conductor of The Hallé, alongside Music Director Sir Mark Elder, the young American has also been selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dudamel Conducting Fellowship programme, commencing in November 2017. 

In 2015, Heyward won the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, winning the Grand Prize. Concertclassic.compraised the conductor, claiming “Jonathon Heyward embraces music with the enthusiasm and vigor of a twenty three year old. With sweeping but precise gestures, The Chairman Dances swung in an irresistible and colourful way.”

In upcoming seasons the young American conducts the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Bordeaux,Orchestre de Rouen, Halle Orchestra, Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.

Originally a cellist, Heyward commenced his conducting studies at The Boston Conservatory in the class of Andrew Altenbach. Between 2012 and 2014, he occupied the position of assistant conductor for the conservatory’s opera department. During his time there, he worked on various productions including La bohème, The Magic Flute and The Rape of Lucretia. In 2013, he became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition, where he was acclaimed for being “a fresh new talent, with exceptional musicianship.”