The “gifted” (The Times) Australian-born conductor Jessica Cottis has captured international attention for her intellect, innate musicality and easy authority. Hailed as “one to watch”, she is a charismatic figure on the podium who brings dynamism, intensity and clarity of vision to all her performances. 

Jessica Cottis made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016, returning in 2017 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She returns to the Proms again this summer, and this season makes important debuts with the LA Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, and English Chamber Orchestra. Cottis will also return twice to the Royal Opera House: to conduct the premiere of ‘The Monstrous Child’ by Gavin Higgins; and again for a new production by Gerald Barry for their 2019/2020 season.

Frequently in demand as guest conductor, highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, l’Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Bit20 Ensemble Bergen, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North, Scottish Opera, and recording with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Recently Cottis recorded with saxophonist Jess Gillam, for the Decca Classics label.