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Jonathan Griffith

Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Principal Conductor
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An acclaimed conductor, educator, and lecturer, Jonathan Griffith has led performances across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Maestro Griffith is co-founder and artistic director of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), which has brought together, under his artistic leadership, thousands of musicians and choral singers in concert at prestigious venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Disney Hall. The founder and music director of the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, Maestro Griffith also oversees DCINY’s mentoring program for conductors. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1989 and has conducted well over 150 performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center combined. In addition to the major works of the classical repertoire, conducting highlights includes the U.S. premieres of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, The Armed Man, and Te Deum, Sergei Taneyev’s Upon Reading a Psalm, Miloš Bok’s Missa Solemnis, Luigi Boccherini’s Villancicos, and Eugene Goossens’ reorchestration of Handel’s Messiah, along with world premieres by Eric Funk, Seymour Bernstein, and Robert Convery. His additional conducting credits include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City; Manhattan Philharmonic and New England Symphonic Ensemble, both at Carnegie Hall; The European Symphony Orchestra in Spain; Bohuslava Martin Philharmonia and Philharmonia Chorus, Virtuosi Pragensis Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, and Dvor ˇák Chamber Orchestra in the Czech Republic; and the Bialystok State Philharmonic in Poland, the Croatian

Chamber Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic, as well as numerous regional orchestras and choruses across the United States.

In 2019, Maestro Griffith recorded the Sir Eugène Goosens orchestration, commissioned by Sir Thomas Beecham, of Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jonathan Griffith Singers, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and soloists in London at Abbey Road Studios.  He most recently conducted the well known Fado Singer Jelena Radan and the Zagreb Philharmonic in a sold out concert in Lisinski Hall, Zagreb, Croatia in May, 2022. In the summer of 2023, he conducted the Croatian National Theater orchestra to a sold out performance in the Croatian National Theater, Zagreb and also the Thuringer Philharmonie in a sold out performance of music of Sir Karl Jenkins in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.