Jan Latham-Koenig is Music Director of the Novaya Opera in Moscow and Chief Conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra in Bruges, Belgium.
The first British born conductor to have ever held a Music Directorship at any Russian opera company, at Novaya Opera, he has most recently conducted the Moscow premiere of Weinberg’s The Passenger on Holocaust day in January 2017, as well as the world premiere of Konstantin Boyarsky’s opera Pushkin in February. He took the company to the Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival in Estonia this summer, and has also just returned from the Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, where Novaya Opera’s performances of La Traviata and La Boheme received sensational reviews. This season, he will be conducting a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as Faust and Salome in Moscow and take Prince Igor to Shanghai, Pushkin to Grange Park Opera’s new Theatre in the Woods and conduct La Boheme on tour in Dublin. In 2014, Latham-Koenig was awarded the prestigious Russian Golden Mask Award for Best Conductor for Tristan und Isolde.
Recent opera engagements include the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Savonlinna Festival, Göteborg Opera, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Finnish and Polish National Opera, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile and returns to the State Opera in Prague for Le Rossignol and Iolanta. Future plans include a new production of Les Dialogues des Carmelites with a stage design by Santiago Calatrava for the Teatro Regio in Torino in 2019, as well as Peter Grimes in Monte Carlo with Jose Cura as director and singer in February 2018.
Appointed Chief Conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra in 2013, he appeared with them recently at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in August 2017. This season they will return to the UK for concerts in Coventry, Newbury and London’s Cadogan Hall in May. Further ahead in 2018, they will appear at the Beethovenfest Bonn, performing Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
Previous Music Director positions included the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Orchestra of Porto, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Opéra National du Rhin. He was founder and Artistic Director of the Young Janacek Philharmonic, has held positions as Principal Guest Conductor at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino and Permanent Guest Conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper. A close collaborator of Hans Werner Henze, he premiered many of the composer’s works and was Artistic Director of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano from 2004 to 2007.
As a guest conductor, some recent appearances include the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, New Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and in China the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou and Qingdao Philharmonic. He has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Dresden Philharmonic. Last season’s performances included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts in Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, and concerts and master classes in Bloomington. This season sees him debut with the Royal Orchestra of Seville, Tchaikovksy Symphony Orchestra as well as the Orchestra Now in New York. Further engagements will lead him to the National Philharmonic of Russia and the Orchestra Novaya Rossiya.
Latham-Koenig has assembled an extensive and varied discography of over 40 CDs. A renowned interpreter of Poulenc’s music, his first album with the Filarmonica del Teatro Regio in a programme of Poulenc was voted Record of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. His DVD recording of Les Dialogues des Carmelites with the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg won the Diapason d’Or for best opera video in 2001.
Coming from French, Danish, Polish as well as Mauritian origin, Jan Latham-Koenig was born in England and studied at the Royal College of Music, London, before winning the coveted Gulbenkian Fellowship and founding his own group, the Koenig Ensemble, in 1976.