“… one of the most suggestive music theatre performances…”
Karl Harb, Salzburger Nachrichten
"… 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 amongst others to the Daegu Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea or the Dialoge Festival and will be conducting in the Beethoven-Fest in Bonn for the 250-year Beethoven anniversary in 2020. As a conducting assistant he worked with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Münchner Symphoniker, Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and conducted renowned ensembles for New Music such as the oenm (Österreichische Ensemble für Neue Musik), ensemble plus or ensemble NAMES (New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg).
He received important input in masterclasses, amongst others with Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Peter Gülke and Benjamin Zander. Especially Reinhard Goebel was important for his artistic development as a conductor within the past few years.
As a composer Oscar Jockel obtained a commission from the Stiftung Mozarteum to compose the opera “Lob des Schattens” that was staged in Salzburg by Karoline Gruber (stage director; Wiener Staatsoper). 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 Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Finland, Serbia and Italy. He wrote the music for several theatre productions such as for the Schauspielhaus Salzburg and the Theater im Kunstquartier. 2019 he won the 1. prize of the Bruckner Composition Competition in Linz.
Future commissions amongst others include works for the Berliner Barocksolisten for the Philharmonie der Berliner Philharmoniker, the Brucknerhaus in Linz or the Dialoge Festival 2019.
He is professor at the liberal arts university “Salzburg College” teaching composition since the summer semester of 2018 and was a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Hyderabad in February 2019.
Oscar Jockel is a conductor and composer in equal measures and doesn’t see these two competences as contrary to each other - with one looking backwards and the other looking forward - but as complementary and enriching. His fascination for sound and for informed aesthetics can be heard in his compositions and interpretations of new music as well as in his concerts as interpreter of historic music.
Oscar Jockel, born in 1995 in Regensburg, Germany, studied at Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg conducting with Bruno Weil, Reinhard Goebel and Johannes Kalitzke as well as composition with Achim Bornhöft.
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 from 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 as an ambassador in the United States, from the city of Regensburg, from the “Kai-Uwe von Hassel Stiftung” as well as from the Royal Northern School of Music in Manchester.