Los Angeles, CA (August 15, 2017) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has announced the three conductors who will participate in the 2017/18 Dudamel Fellowship Program – Jonathon Heyward, Tianyi Lu and Ruth Reinhardt. Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, created the Dudamel Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil’s orchestral, education and community programs.
“As we enter the eighth year of this program, I am extremely proud to be working with these young, exceptional conductors from all over the world,” commented Dudamel. “The LA Phil’s commitment to training, encouraging and supporting talent provides an extraordinary opportunity for these Fellows to learn and grow.”
The Fellows will work alongside Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as visiting artists and conductors, and will also work with students in key LA Phil education programs. The program for each of the Fellows will run separately. The Fellows will hone their skills through observation and application, such as conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, participating as cover conductors, and serving as mentors themselves through participation in programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
2017/18 Dudamel Fellows
Jonathon Heyward (United States)
SFY and Pasadena Youth: Firebird (December 2 and 9, 2017)
One of the most exciting conductors of his generation, Jonathon Heyward is the Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra from 2016-2017. The two year appointment will involve assisting Music Director Sir Mark Elder and other visiting artists, acting as Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and conducting concerts with the Hallé.
Earlier in the season, Jonathon won the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon, winning the Grand Prize aged only 23: “Jonathon Heyward embraces music with the enthusiasm and vigor of a twenty three year old. With sweeping but precise gestures, The Chairman Dances swung in an irresistible and colourful way.” (Concertclassic.com).
Originally a cellist, Jonathon commenced his studies at The Boston Conservatory in the class of Andrew Altenbach. Between 2012 and 2014 he occupied the position of Assistant Conductor for the conservatory’s opera department and Boston Opera Collaborative. During his time there, he worked on various productions including La Bohème, Zauberflöte and The Rape of Lucretia. In 2013 he became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition, where he was acclaimed for being “a fresh new talent, with exceptional musicianship”.
Recipient of the Alumni Development Award, Jonathon graduated from the Royal Academy of Music this year, where he studied with Sian Edwards. In June, he directed the Echo Ensemble to perform a contemporary music concert including Boulez’s Notations both in Berlin and London, and made his Russian debut with the St Petersbourg Symphony Orchestra. In 2016/2017, Jonathon is invited to conduct the Philharmonie Zuidnederland for three concerts, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra as part of the Prague Spring festival. He has also been selected by the Kurt Weill Foundation to assist a production of Lost in the Stars with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in January 2017 as well as being appointed as Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow for 2016-2017. He is Associate-Director of the Hampstead Garden Opera in London.
Tianyi Lu (New Zealand)
SFY: The Magic of Dvorak (January 13 and 20, 2018)
Tianyi is the Music Director of the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the St. Woolos Players, and regularly guest conducts orchestras around the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She was recently appointed the Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony and is the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she is a member of the conducting faculty. Guest engagements have included concerts with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, the Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Summer School and Opera Otago.
In masterclass or assistant roles, Tianyi has worked with conductors and ensembles including Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Strings, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, Thomas Søndergård and Xian Zhang with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Carlo Rizzi and David Jones with the RWCMD Orchestra, Carlo Montanaro and Nicole Paiement with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Alice Farnham and Welsh National Youth Opera, Alexander Polynichko with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Pietari Inkinen with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Eckehard Stier with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Marko Letonja with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sian Edwards with the Dartington Festival Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler with the Berlin Sinfonietta and Christopher Seaman as part of the Symphony Services International Conducting Training Programme.
Tianyi was selected out of 320 applicants to attend the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Bernard Haitink and was chosen out of a field of 150 to be an active participant at the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors with the Dallas Opera in 2016. In 2014 she was voted a finalist at the twelfth 'Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters’ by players of the Berlin Philharmonic and professional orchestras in Germany. She will be working with Carlo Rizzi on the Opera Conducting Workshop Cycle with the European Network of Opera Academies in Waterloo, Amsterdam and Lisbon later this year.
Tianyi began conducting studies at the University of Auckland with Uwe Grodd and Karen Grylls where she completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, before studying with John Hopkins at the University of Melbourne. Tianyi was awarded Distinction for her MMus in Orchestral Conducting at the RWCMD studying with David Jones in 2015.
Ruth Reinhardt (Germany)
SFY: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (March 24 and 31, 2018)
Ruth Reinhardt earned her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. She is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Jaap van Zweden. She is also Associate Conducting Fellow of the Taki Concordia program with Marin Alsop and the regular conductor of New York City-based ÆON Ensemble with whom she lead a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Reinhardt has previously been Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center and additionally worked with the Juilliard Orchestra. Recently, her performances with the Musikkollegium Winterthur were made into a major broadcast on Swiss TV.
Reinhardt gave her critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in November, when she stepped in to replace Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season feature her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and concerts with the Seattle Symphony.
As a child Ruth was a member of the Children's Chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater (Germany), which imparted upon her great love and appreciation for opera. She has conducted performances of Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber's Der Freischütz with the North Czech Opera Company. At age 17, she composed and conducted a children’s opera in her hometown, which was performed solely by children and youth of the community. While studying in Zürich, Reinhardt conducted the premieres of two Children’s operas - Die Kleine Meerjungfrau a chamber opera by young Swiss composer Michal Muggli, and Wassilissa a chamber opera by young German composer Dennis Bäsecke.
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Reinhardt began her formal musical education at the age of six studying the violin and completed her studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) with Rudolf Koelman. Reinhardt began conducting in 2004, under the direction of Constantin Trinks. She has also studied with Professor Johannes Schlaefli and Ulrich Windfuhr. She has taken masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and James Ross.