Jonathan McPhee is equally at home as a conductor for the symphony, ballet, and opera. As Music Director for Boston Ballet, he has received critical acclaim for his work with the Company and Orchestra, which is the second largest musical organization in Boston. Mr. McPhee is also Music Director for Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire.
Guest appearances this season include the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Mr. McPhee was invited to conduct the Nashville Symphony as one of the conductors featured in the 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview by the League of American Orchestras. Past conducting engagements include the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in London, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.
Mr. McPhee has served as conductor for the New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet (England), Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, Den Norske Ballett in Norway, and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark. In addition to a broad repertoire in the field of dance, Mr. McPhee has conducted pops concerts, musical theatre and operetta. He has also conducted grand opera with Opera Boston, the American Opera Center in New York, and Boston University Opera Institute. Mr. McPhee conducted the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the films of Martha Graham’s works telecast by DANCE IN AMERICA, and conducted the score for the feature film Ballet Russes (2005). His collaboration with WCRB classical radio “Kids Classical Hour” earned a Gabriel Award in 1998.
Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, and a B.Mus. and M.Mus. from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Mr. McPhee was the recipient of a Naumburg Scholarship in Conducting and English Horn. He has studied with Leonard Brain, David Diamond, Thomas Stacy, Rudolf Kempe, Sixten Ehrling, and participated in master classes with Sir Georg Solti and James Levine.