Jonathan Darlington is music director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver Opera. He demands the highest level of commitment and professionalism from his musicians which has led directly to the increased quality and popularity of both orchestras. A graduate of Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music, he began his career as a 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”.