An informal biography may be found here
onathan Andrew Govias is internationally recognized for his activities as a conductor, writer, educator and public speaker. Appointed music director of a professional orchestra at the age of 22, he since earned a Doctorate in orchestral conducting and performed with orchestras on four continents, including a June 2009 debut with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has worked with some of the leading ensembles of the world, including the symphonies of Montréal, Cincinnati, San Diego, and the Tonhalle Orchester of Zurich, and received invitations to study with conductors Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Gustav Meier, David Zinman and Marin Alsop.
His speaking engagements since October 2010 include Classical:NEXT 2015 in Rotterdam, The Mozarteum (Salzburg), Cape Town University, Liverpool John Moores University, Hub Zurich, Hub Vienna, Western Washington University, the NAMM, Alberta and Québec music education association conferences, and two appearances at London’s South Bank Centre. His articles in the same time span include more than sixteen in various international print publications on social music theory and practice, including teaching and music therapy journals and a contribution to Early Music on performance practice issues in the music of Brahms. His article The Five Fundamentals of El Sistema has been translated into nine languages and is the only text on the Venezuelan national orchestral network specifically endorsed by its founder, Dr. José Antonio Abreu.
A recipient of the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership, the Reinhard Mohn Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, and a member of the inaugural class of Abreu Fellows at the New England Conservatory, Dr. Govias regularly consults for music education programs around the world on organizational or pedagogical strategies. As a clinician he works with youth orchestras across the Americas and Europe, and leads advanced teacher training sessions on orchestral conducting and social learning techniques and environments. Former Resident Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax, Canada, he is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
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Concert Review, Bellingham WA
Concert Review, Halifax NS
Report on London Symposium from the Embassy of Venezuela in the UK
Boston Globe – Extended Story
Cleveland Plain Dealer
El Universal (en español)
FESNOJIV (Official Website of el Sistema)
Boston Globe 1
Boston Globe 2
The Epoch Times
National Arts Center Media Release