David Jones

David Jones was born in Ireland and studied at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Northern College of Music, and with Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Center.

David Jones’s extensive operatic repertoire includes Il Trovatore, Die Fledermaus, Samson et Dalila, Hansel and Gretel, La Belle Hélène, Iolanthe, Tosca and La Traviata (Scottish Opera), Madam Butterfly (English National Opera), Die Zauberflöte and Carmen (Welsh National Opera), Manon Lescaut (Opera North), Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna and Carmen (Opera Zuid in productions directed by Calixto Bieito), and Die Zauberflöte (Lucerne). In Ireland he has conducted Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and La Boheme for Lyric Opera Dublin, Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Straszny Dwor at the Wexford Festival and the Irish premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie for Opera Ireland. He also conducted Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

David Jones made his Edinburgh Festival debut in 1996 conducting the world première of the complete version of Kurtág Songs of Despair and Sorrow. The performance was repeated at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and in the 1997 Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals. He has subsequently performed the work with the Berlin Rundfunkchor and Sharoun Ensemble, with the BBC Singers and The Endymion Ensemble as part of the South Bank Centre’s 2002 Kurtág Festival, and in 2006 with the Netherlands Radio Choir in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Other world premieres include Rihm’s Astralis with the Berlin Rundfunkchor and Kevin O’Connell’s The Besieged City with the Ulster Orchestra. Subsequent Edinburgh Festival performances have included Rossini's Petite messe solenelle and John Adams’s Harmonium with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Feldman's Rothko Chapel with Lawrence Power and the RSAMD Chamber Choir, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Dona Nobis Pacem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

David has also appeared with major orchestras in the UK and Europe including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Ulster Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He conducted the Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal in performances of Bach’s St.Matthew Passion, the orchestra of Opera de Nancy in a programme of Bach and Beethoven, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and Yuri Bashmet performing Kanceli’s Styx, a Gershwin programme with the Hannover Radio Symphony Orchestra on a successful tour of Germany and concerts in the UK with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. He has also conducted the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the MDR RundfunkChor. He recently recorded a CD of works by Bill Whelan with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.