Swiss conductor Jonas Ehrler was a finalist of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award 2021 and works as a freelance conductor in various countries. Highlights of the 2022/23 season include debuts with the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Schweizer Jugendsinfonieorchester SJSO, the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden and the Ensemble Proton Bern, as well as returning guest appearances with argovia philharmonic, the Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège and the Orchestre de Picardie.
Born in Wettingen in 1992, Jonas Ehrler completed his conducting studies with distinction at the Zurich University of the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli in 2018 and was immediately selected to become assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Picardie and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France for the 2018/19 season. This was followed by an intense freelance activity and the participation as a semi-finalist in the 1st Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition 2020.
During the COVID crisis, Jonas Ehrler has turned to local culture and founded the Neue Kurkapelle Baden, reviving the traditional spa orchestra in his hometown Baden in Switzerland.
Since then he has conducted concerts, among others, with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the Orchestre National Avignon Provence.
From 2017 to 2019 Jonas Ehrler held the Akademie Musiktheater heute scholarship from the Deutsche Bank Foundation and he continues to be supported by the Willem Mengelberg Foundation. He has also received valuable inspiration from figures such as Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Eötvös.