Jonathan Tilbrook's musical interests and professional experience embrace operatic, choral and orchestral conducting, in a career which has taken him throughout the UK and to East and West Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East, New Zealand and, most recently, to Croatia conducting the orchestra of the National Theatre in Zagreb in performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. He performs an exceptionally wide repertoire ranging from the fourteenth century to the present day, and has worked with specialised early-music ensembles such as the Orlando Consort and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, as well as with a range of contemporary music ensembles. Engagements in recent years have included his highly successful debut concerts with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican Centre; Bach's Passions with Florilegium in France; Handel's Xerxes at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and performances at Symphony Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a regular visitor to the Dartington International Summer School. In 1992 he served as assistant conductor with the Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and subsequently appeared as guest conductor with other Czech and Slovak orchestras, in the process developing a particular love for and expertise in the Czech repertoire. Opera productions have included Carmen, La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at prestigious festival venues such as Brighton, Cheltenham and Holland Park, London.
As holder of the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship at the University of Nottingham, Jonathan has conducted a wide range of orchestral and choral repertoire, from works for small chamber ensemble through to pieces of the scale of the Requiem settings of Verdi, Brahms and Britten. He is also involved in the advising and training of student conductors. Jonathan is Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Trinity College of Music, London, where he also teaches conducting and works with the College's orchestras.