Jonathan Heyward (2015)

Jonathan Heyward (2015)

Grand Prix of the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors

[American, 23 years the day of the Final]

Dennis Russell Davies, jury chaiman

At only 23 years of age, Jonathon Heyward confirmed his status as one of the most outstanding talents of his generation when he was awarded the Grand Prix at the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon : « Jonathon Heyward embraces music with all the enthusiasm and vigour of a 23-year-old. With sweeping but precise gestures, The Chairman Dances swung along in an irresistible way, bursting with color. »  (

Originally a cellist, Jonathon began his 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 lyric 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 : « a fresh new talent, with exceptional musicianship ».

Jonathon currently lives in London where he studies under Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now Associate Conductor of the Hampstead Garden Opera where he conducted Don Giovanni in November 2015.  Next season Jonathon Heyward will be Guest Conductor at the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.

Agent : CLB Management

Photo © Jeremy Ayres Fischer