Our team


CA_TeamConductors’ Academy has developed under the joint direction of Jonathan Brett and Maciej Żółtowski, both former students of the legendary Russian conductor, Yuri Simonov, who acts as consultant to Conductors’ Academy.

Both directors are performers with a wide range of experience in countries all over the world. As teachers they share their knowledge with complete frankness and generosity of spirit. The Radom masterclass is particularly favoured by the presence of both directors, plus the wonderful musicians of our partner organisation, Radom Chamber Orchestra, a group which – apart from playing brilliantly, of course – is incredibly friendly and supportive to the participants.


My heart is with you! I am extremely happy that my best disciples and young colleagues Jonathan Brett and Maciej Żółtowski took this fantastic initiative to promote professional conducting. Wishing the Conductors’ Academy every success and looking forward to helping achieve it.Yuri Simonov
As a conductor, Jonathan Brett demonstrates the highest level of musicianship and technical understanding. He also has the great gift of being able both to explain and demonstrate the theory and practice of his art most effectively.Maxim Vengerov

Jonathan Brett

Director

Jonathan_BrettAs a teacher, Jonathan Brett is noted for exceptional knowledge about the connection between gesture and sound and clarity of explanation as to how it works.   As a performer, he is known for his exceptional interpretative insight and flair combined with brilliance and clarity of technique. Added to a rare sense of daring, these attributes mean that his performances are imbued with a real sense of adventure.

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For more than twenty years he was the Artistic Director of the English Classical Players. Over the course of this period he developed the orchestra into one of the country’s finest, noted for its opulently beautiful sound, and for the brilliant virtuosity and exuberant nature of its performances. A group of London’s finest musicians, from its roots as a classical chamber orchestra it developed into an ensemble playing in configurations from chamber ensemble to symphony orchestra in repertoire from baroque to contemporary. From 1996-2010 it was the resident orchestra at Watford Town Hall, a noted recording venue and probably the finest hall in England for orchestral performance.

As a guest conductor he has appeared with orchestras all over Europe, most particularly the Moscow Philharmonic. The first British conductor ever to be invited to work with them, he made his début in 2002 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and subsequently appeared many times as a guest conductor in Moscow and on tour.
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Maciej Żółtowski

Director

Maciej_ZoltowskiOne of the most versatile and visionary conductors of his generation, Maciej Żółtowski is noted particularly for his interest in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Being himself a composer, he has developed strong links with the contemporary music scene as well as with leading interpreters and the breadth and diversity of his knowledge allows him an unprecedented insight into the music he conducts.

 

Previously the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Cyprus State Orchestra, he has been the Managing and Artistic Director of the Radom Chamber Orchestra in Poland since 2007. He also collaborates with many Polish philharmonic orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (Katowice), the Polish Radio Orchestra (Warsaw), the Polish Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. He maintains a busy international career and recent engagements include orchestras all over Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently President of the Polish section of the ISCM and a member of the professorial staff of the Chopin Academy, Warsaw.

Works composed by Maciej Żółtowski have been performed during numerous festivals, among others: Two Days and Two Nights in Odessa (Ukraine), festival Europe-Asia in Kazan (Tatarstan-Russia), Rheinsberger Musiktage zu Pfingsten in Rheinsberg (Germany), Roaring Hooves in Mongolia, Composium 1999 in Tokyo, Sound Ways in St. Petersburg, Past and Future in Odessa and World Music Days 2002 in Hong Kong.