Rising international conductor Jessica Cottis, currently Principal Conductor of the Glasgow New Music Expedition, conducts her first concert with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. This program features student soloist Johnny van Gend in Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto alongside Benjamin de Murashkin’s LOGOS which is reflective of the planetary Logoi. The most famous opening bars of any symphony will be a highlight of the night, with Beethoven’s great Fifth Symphony concluding the performance.
ABOUT JESSICA COTTIS
Hailed in the UK music press as “one to watch”, Jessica Cottis possesses intellectual rigour, innate musicality and an easy authority; she is a charismatic figure on the podium who brings dynamism, intensity and clarity of vision to all her performances.
Frequently in demand as guest conductor, highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Bit20 Ensemble Bergen, the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and recording with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This season, she will make a welcome return visit to many of the above orchestras and makes her Royal Albert Hall debut for the 2016 BBC Proms.
Her international career was launched through close working relationships with mentors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, and Donald Runnicles. From 2009 to 2011 she was the first Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and from 2012 to 2014 Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where she conducted over thirty concerts per year with the orchestra, being lauded in the Australian press as “one of the big hopes for change”.