IMG Artists is delighted to welcome conductor Jessica Cottis to its roster for General Management. Jessica will be represented by Vice President of Artist Management Naomi Ives and Associate Artist Manager Maarit Kangron from the company’s London office.
The “gifted” (The Times) Australian-born conductor Jessica Cottis has captured international attention for her intellectual rigour, innate musicality and charisma on the podium. In demand as a guest conductor, she has led major orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, The UK and Europe including the Sydney, New Zealand, Queensland, Adelaide, BBC, BBC Scottish and RTV Slovenia symphony orchestras; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; and Bit20 Ensemble Bergen. Since 2014, she has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Glasgow New Music Expedition.
In August 2016, Jessica made a celebrated BBC Proms debut. Charlotte Gardner in Bach Track writes that, “the performances…were a triumph. …Cottis dived in with equal aplomb…displaying a naturalness and confidence.”
Jessica said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with IMG Artists for this exciting new chapter of my conducting career.”
Naomi said, “We are all thrilled to welcome Jessica to the IMGA Roster. She has an innate musicality and is a wonderful communicator, already acting as an inspiration to the younger generation.”
Born in Australia, Jessica currently makes her home in both Glasgow and London. She was awarded a first class honours degree in organ, piano and musicology from the Australian National University and continued her studies as an organist with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. After winning awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and Royal College of Organists, a wrist injury changed her career path. After reading Law, she attended the Royal Academy of Music’s postgraduate conducting course, studying with Collin Metters and Sir Colin Davis. She was awarded the Academy’s top conducting prizes upon her graduation in July 2009; that same month, she was appointed to positions at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RCS and named a Manson Fellow in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2015, she was appointed Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honorary award for former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.
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