Jonathan McPhee

“As Music Director for Lexington Symphony, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see so many young people and families at our concerts. The audience has doubled in just a couple of years — an unparalleled phenomenon. The hundreds of third graders who attended our Orchestrating Kids Through ClassicsTM program in January cheered at the end like they were at a rock concert. The orchestra loves playing for the people of Lexington, and the town has embraced the musicians and our programming. What a joy to stand at the intersection between orchestra and audience. Thank you Lexington!”

— Jonathan McPhee

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Jonathan McPhee, Music Director

Jonathan McPhee is equally at home as a conductor for the symphony, ballet, and opera. In addition to being the Music Director for Lexington Symphony, he also serves as Music Director for Symphony NH and  recently completed his tenure as Music Director for the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the second largest musical organization in Boston.

Mr. McPhee was invited to conduct the Nashville Symphony as one of the conductors featured in the 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview by the League of American Orchestras. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Hamburg Philharmonic and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Other orchestras Mr. McPhee has conducted include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in London, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

Some of the world’s most distinguished dance companies for which Mr. McPhee has served as conductor include the New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet (England), Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, Den Norske Ballett in Norway, and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark. In addition to a broad repertoire in the field of dance, Mr. McPhee has conducted pops concerts, musical theatre and operetta. He has also conducted grand opera with Opera Boston, the American Opera Center in New York, and Boston University Opera Institute.

Mr. McPhee’s works as arranger and composer are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world. His edition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is the only authorized reduced orchestration of this work. Mr. McPhee’s compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.

Mr. McPhee’s best-selling recording of The Nutcracker with the Boston Ballet Orchestra has sold over 75,000 copies. He has also recorded Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet with that orchestra (available on iTunes), and Michael Gandolfi’s Caution to the Wind on the CRI CD label. Mr. McPhee conducted the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the films of Martha Graham’s works, telecast by DANCE IN AMERICA, and conducted the score for the feature film Ballet Russes (2005). His collaboration with WCRB classical radio “Kids Classical Hour” earned a Gabriel Award in 1998.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music, and a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Mr. McPhee was the recipient of a Naumburg Scholarship in Conducting and English Horn. He has studied with Leonard Brain, David Diamond, Thomas Stacy, Rudolf Kempe, Sixten Ehrling, and participated in master classes with Sir Georg Solti and James Levine while at Juilliard.