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Jonathan Stark – Conductor

German Precision. Viennese Charm.

In his interpretations, the German conductor Jonathan Stark combines historically informed style competence with technical precision. As winner of the Athens International Conducting Competition 2019, he will make his debut with the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra and the Volksoper Wien in the 2020/21 season.

Jonathan Stark conducted contemporary ensemble works at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Wien Modern Festival. His work in the orchestra pit began in 2018 with Johann Strauss’ operetta “A Night in Venice”, followed by assistances at the Schlossfestspiele Langenlois and at the Volksoper Wien.

Jonathan Stark completed his conducting training in Vienna with Andreas Stoehr and supplemented it with master classes with Jorma Panula and Michalis Economou.

In August 2020, Jonathan Stark launched the StarkConductor Blog, where he has since been blogging about various aspects of classical music and engaging with audiences.

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Blogposts

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Jonathan Stark

Haydn, the Folklorist

Have you ever asked yourself where great composers got their ideas from? No doubt: a thorough education, a solid mastery of the craft of composition and an untiring will to work have always been decisive. But sometimes great composers have simply copied.

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Jonathan Stark

Tango – Musical And Cultural Melting Pot

With the Tango, I finish together with Adrian, the Music Theory MentOWL, the mini article series on dance music. The Tango stands for Latin American temperament and is also becoming increasingly popular in Europe. What elements make up a tango?

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Jonathan Stark

Pianist Pawel Markowicz: Philip Glass’ Music as an “Exciting Mystery”

The pianist Pawel Markowicz has achieved what many soloists dream of – he is considered a specialist for a certain repertoire. Pawel’s focus is on the works of the American composer Philip Glass, whose Symphony No. 8 he arranged for piano solo in years of detailed work and released as an album in August 2020. In the StarkConductor Interview Pawel gave me an insight into his work.

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2020/21 Season

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Volksoper Wien
Lortzing, Zar und Zimmermann
31 March, 08 April 2021

Athens Philharmonia Orchestra
Debut