Sydney Symphony’s new assistant conductor makes instant impact

Posted on: July 27, 2012

In Thursday’s (7/26) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Clare Morgan writes, “As tough crowds go, it’s hard to beat an auditorium full of school students more interested in Halo than Haydn. Making her first appearance as the Sydney Symphony’s new assistant conductor, Jessica Cottis managed not only to engage the young audience, she elicited vigorous chair conducting and even cheering. During her two-year term, Cottis will assist and act as a cover for the orchestra’s chief conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and conduct concerts for schools and regional tours. In October she will join the orchestra’s tour to China. Cottis, 35, began conducting only five years ago but is seen in Britain as a star on the rise, working for two years as assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles. … After obtaining a first-class honours degree in organ, piano and musicology from the Australian National University, Cottis studied in Paris and worked professionally as an organist in London and Paris until her playing career was derailed by a hand injury. … After deciding to pursue conducting, she was one of only two successful applicants to the post-graduate conducting program at the Royal Academy of Music in London.”

Posted July 27, 2012