Oscar Jockel is a conductor and composer in equal measures and doesn’t see these two fields as contrary to each other - with the one looking backwards and the other looking forward - but as complementary. His fascination for sound can be heard in his compositions and interpretations of new music as well as in his concerts as interpreter of historic music.
Born in 1995 in Regensburg (Germany), Jockel studied at Mozarteum Univeristy of Salzburg composition with Achim Bornhöft and conducting with Reinhard Goebel, Bruno Weil and Johannes Kalitzke as well as composition with Klaus Lang at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. At the moment Oscar Jockel lives and works in Paris where he deepens his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in conducting with Alain Altinoglu and in composition with Frédéric Durieux.
"… there is an inner force and energy, a human intensity that electrifies beyond all musical styles."
Gottfried Franz Kasparek, DrehPunktKultur.at
As a conductor Oscar Jockel was invited to several Festivals, such as to the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea or the Festival DIALOGE in Salzburg. As a conducting assistant and conductor he worked with orchestras such as the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Münchner Symphonikern or the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. 2019 he received a Conducting Seminar Fellowship of the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons. At the International Beethovenfest Bonn in 2020 he will conduct as one of three conductors several performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen.
Jockel received important impulses in masterclasses, amongst others with Peter Gülke, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Benjamin Zander. Especially Reinhard Goebel was important for his artistic development as a conductor within the past few years.
"… one of the most suggestive music theatre performances in a long time."
Karl Harb, Salzburger Nachrichten
As a composer Oscar Jockel obtained a commission from the International Stiftung Mozarteum for his opera Lob des Schattens, which has been staged in Salzburg by Karoline Gruber in 2018. 2019 he won the first prize of the Bruckner Composition Competition for Organ which has been initiated by the Brucknerhaus Linz and the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität. Formations and artists such as the Ensemble Interface, NAMES (New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg), the oenm (Österreichische Ensemble für Neue Musik) or Alina Pogostkina and Sarah Christian have performed his compositions in his home country and abroad.
Important encounters with composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas, Salvatore Sciarrino, Friedrich Cerha, Matthias Pintscher or Beat Furrer opened up new perspectives for him as a sound artist.
Future commissions include works for the Berliner Barock Solisten for the Philharmonie der Berliner Philharmoniker and the Festival DIALOGE 2019.
In the past years he was professor at the liberal arts university Salzburg College teaching composition and was invited as visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad in February 2019.
"... a versatile musician."
Philipp Weismann, Österreichischer Rundfunk ORF
Furthermore Oscar Jockel is active in the field of early music and receives as a continuo instrumentalist (organ & cembalo) as well as music theorist regularly commissions and engagements, to name few, from the Verbier Festival, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Orchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and the South Netherlands Philharmonic.
He received scholarships and prizes from the German Parliament Deutscher Bundestag as a cultural junior ambassador in the United States, from the city of Regensburg, from the Kai-Uwe von Hassel-Stiftung as well as from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.