Jonathan Grieves Smith
Artistic Director, Hallelujah Junction
English conductor and chorus master, Jonathan Grieves-Smith has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artictic leadership. He is Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Artistic Director of Hallelujah Junction, Australia's national professional chamber choir.
Jonathan has trained choirs for the world's leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, and Sir Roger Norrington, and has premiered music by composers including Brett Dean, Paul Stanhope, Gabriel Jackson, Giya Kancheli, Richard Mills, Alfred Schnittke, Ross Edwards, Krzysztof Penderecki, Arvo Part and Peteris Vasks.
Jonathan was Chorus Master of the Hiddersfield Choral Society, the Halle Choir, and Music Director of Brighton Festival Chorus and as guest conductor has worked with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chorus, Sydney Chamber Choir, the BBC Singers, Cantillation, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Dartington International Summer School, the Flemish Federation of Young Choirs, and Europa Cantat.
Conducting highlights include thours of Brazil with the Chorus of Rome's Academy of Santa Cecilia, with pianist Nelson Freire and the London Mozart Players, and with the Melbourne Chorale (now MSO Chorus). With the Halle Orchestra and soloists Bryn Terfel and Tasmin Little he conducted Walton's Belshazzar's Feast and the Elgar Violin Concerto; and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, he conducted Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2 Lobgesang at the Brighton Festival.