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Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington is music director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera. His demand for the highest level of professionalism and precision, infused with genuine enthusiasm, has ever increased the quality and popularity of both orchestras.



Richard Strauss: Don Quixote - Fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character, Op. 35
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote - Fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character, Op. 35
The Duisburg Philharmonic under Jonathan Darlington performs the timeless story of Don Quixote. 

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
A wonderful live recording under the baton of Jonathan Darlington. 

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Debussy: La Mer / Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Debussy: La Mer / Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Two of the greatest orchestral works of the twentieth century. 

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Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
One of the truly great compositions for violin composed in the 19th century. 

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The New Organ of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg
The New Organ of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg
Dedication recital for the new organ by Iveta Apkalna and Thomas Trotter 

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Wagner / Dressler: The Symphonic Ring
Wagner / Dressler: The Symphonic Ring
Full of suspense, Wagner‘s Ring is re-worked into a purely orchestral drama as a complete symphony 

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Schoenberg / Fauré: Pelleas & Melisande
Schoenberg / Fauré: Pelleas & Melisande
A Living Concert Series recording of Schoenberg's Symphonic Poem and Fauré's incidental music 

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Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 6
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie No. 6
A Living Concert Series recording of Mahler's enigmatic Sixth Symphony 

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Jolivet, Ravel and Debussy
Jolivet, Ravel and Debussy
A beautiful performance of French orchestral repertoire. 

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 and Mozart Haffner-Sinfonie
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 and Mozart Haffner-Sinfonie
Part of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra's Living Concert Series 

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A graduate of Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music, he began his career as freelance pianist, accompanist and repetiteur in France. His work was influenced early on by such outstanding musical personalities of our time as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti and Olivier Messiaen. He made his conducting debut in 1984 at the Parisian Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Ormindo, and in 1991, as deputy to the Music Director Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Opéra with Le nozze di Figaro.

Sensitivity for depth and balance and an infectious dynamism are the hallmarks of Jonathan Darlington’s work. His vast symphonic and operatic repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary, with an emphasis on lesser known (contemporary) works outside the European mainstream. Numerous world and national premieres of works such as Trojahn’s La Grande Magia or Kagel’s Broken Chords attest to his commitment to contemporary music.

Renowned for his broad repertoire, he gives regular guest appearances with major orchestras and opera houses the world over.

Jonathan Darlington holds the distinctions of a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres as well as an Honorary LRAM and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London (FRAM)